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Rain and some snow coming to Southern California this weekend – Orange County Register

Two winter storm systems are expected to bring rain and some snow to some areas of Southern California Friday through Sunday, weather forecasters said.

Meteorologists with the Los Angeles National Weather Service said Thursday, December 1, the storm would bring “widespread rain to the region, with resort-level snow likely in the mountains.”

The storm is expected to hit Santa Barbara County hardest, with communities there potentially seeing between 3 and 6 inches of rain over the next three days.

However, lower rainfall levels are expected in Ventura and Los Angeles counties: About an inch of rain could be seen in both counties, although totals in mountainous areas could be higher as well.

Farther south and east, very little rain is expected in Orange County and the Inland Empire, only one-tenth of an inch to one-fifth of an inch, and even lower amounts of rain in the high desert.

“The first wave of a two-pronged system hits the county (San Luis Obispo) this afternoon, tapping into some warmer subtropical air producing light to moderate rain,” weather forecasters at the NWS Los Angeles office wrote on Thursday. “This will slide down the coast overnight and bring rain to most areas through Friday morning.”

Snow depths are expected to be light: mountainous areas at 7,000 feet will be lightly dusted first, with some snow falling at around 6,000 feet. However, according to the NWS, major mountain routes are not likely to get much snow at all. However, they warned that there will be winter conditions that will make the roads slippery and wet.

“With heavier rainbands, there could be rockfall on mountain roads,” they wrote. “Allow for extra driving time due to wet, slippery roads and allow extra time for your commute.”

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