Cooler temperatures — and maybe some showers — headed to SoCal this weekend
By Tom Hallman / Los Angeles Times
Posted: 11/20/2012 07:00:00 AM PST
Updated: 11/20/2012 07:00:10 PM PST
Just when you thought the end of the winter might be upon us, this weekend brings us closer to the first day of summer.
The first signs of the warm weather are predicted to arrive with a brief but powerful storm system that is headed up the coast through Friday morning. The system is expected to move through the mountains of the North Coast on Friday, bringing with it temperatures between 75 (upper deck) and 85 (lower deck) degrees.
The storm could keep temperatures in the area in the 70s into Saturday, and could even bring some shower activity.
Weather officials say the storm, which is expected to bring about 25 inches of precipitation to the Los Angeles area, is “moderately severe” and that the storm will have more thunderstorm activity along the coast through the weekend.
The National Weather Service in Oxnard, Calif., has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Calabasas to Ventura streets through Friday morning. The warning goes into effect at 9 a.m. and runs for six hours. A flash flood watch already has been issued by the National Weather Service for the same area through Friday morning, and the forecast is for a 30 percent chance of rain through Friday afternoon.
The first severe warnings in the area for the past four days were in the 5- to 7-inch range for most of the weekend, but the warnings have grown over the past few weeks as the threat level for the area has increased.
Friday morning on the coast of Ventura, there is a 10 percent chance of a thunderstorm, with showers and thunderstorms possible throughout the day.
The National Weather Service meteorologist in Oxnard says the storm will bring temperatures into the 70s and maybe into the 80s by midday. “There’s a slight chance we could get a gusty wind with showers and thunderstorms late this afternoon,” she says.
Saturday, the system that hit the coast of California will move into the mountains and bring temperatures