The Los Angeles area is heading into a wet end to the year, with rain showers forecast later this week, raising the possibility that Rose Parade participants will need a poncho or umbrella on new Year’s Day.
This week will be overcast and a light storm is expected to arrive in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties by Wednesday, dropping a quarter-inch of rain or more, according to the National Weather Service. Los Angeles and Ventura counties could receive a quarter-inch of rain Friday before Saturday and likely clear up by Sunday.
Last week, a winter storm flooded Southern California and dropped a month’s worth of rain in some areas. The latest storm to pass through the region this week pales in comparison.
“Not even close. It’s not even in the same area as that,” said meteorologist Mike Wofford of the National Weather Service office in Oxnard. “This storm system will be much weaker.”
Temperatures are expected to drop below normal in most areas heading into the weekend, hovering around the 60s in coastal and valley areas and the 50s in the Antelope Valley.
The forecast is still too far out to determine what the weather will be like for New Year’s Eve in Southern California. But there’s still a slight chance of rain for the Los Angeles area, including right on the Rose Parade route in Pasadena — although it’s not expected to be anywhere close to the rain that flooded the area in 2006, raining down on the parade for the first time. in 51 years.
The timing is still uncertain, Wofford said, and rain could arrive later Monday after the parade ends, but the forecast will become clearer as the weekend approaches.
“We cannot rule out that there may be light rain during the parade,” Wofford said.
Southern Californians will also be under a high surf warning or advisory for the next few days, depending on where they live. Residents along northwest and west-facing beaches can expect to see large swells, reaching 3 to 5 feet in Los Angeles County on Wednesday, but giving way to much larger swells beginning on Thursday, with some waves of around 10 feet. Surfers along the Central Coast could also spot waves around 13 to 15 feet, according to the National Weather Service.
Widespread high waves are expected to coincide with morning high tides on Thursday, bringing an increased threat of coastal flooding and beach erosion and flooding of beachside car parks. Advisories and warnings will end on Saturday or Sunday, depending on location, so residents are advised to stay informed in their area.
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