Los Angeles Times

Southern California to get a break from rain

Week ahead should be mostly dry and a bit warmer as Sierra sees even more snow.


As storm systems continue to sweep across Northern California, the Southland will be getting a bit of a reprieve. After gray skies Sunday that were expected to bring a light rain, less than one-tenth of an inch, the week ahead will be mostly dry and slightly warmer.

Mike Wofford, a meteorolog­ist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard, called Sunday’s showers a “nuisance rain.” Snow levels — less than an inch in the mountains — were expected to drop to 4,000 feet.

“We’re getting the fringes of a storm system centered to the north,” Wofford said. But “that should be the end of it.”

With communitie­s in the San Bernardino Mountains still buried by snow and facing a critical shortage of supplies, the forecast for the days ahead — blue skies, white clouds, highs in the low 60s — should come as a relief, and although there is a chance of rain next weekend, “we’re not saying a whole lot about it,” Wofford said. The models are still uncertain.

Farther north, the forecast calls for more snow in the Sierra Nevada. The UC Berkeley Central Sierra Snow Laboratory is expecting 2 to 4 feet more through Monday and the week ahead.

The lab is reporting a season total of almost 47 feet, which is within a foot of the 2016-17 snow season.

The return of familiar winter weather patterns is a relief to drought-parched California. The recent succession sequence of storms originated in the Gulf of Alaska, riding down the West Coast.

Wofford is reluctant to predict what lies ahead in March and April as winter turns to spring. “There is some indication that we will see heavier precipitat­ion down the road,” he said, “but we’re focused on the short term.”

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