Rain, snow coming to Southern California before the new year

LOS ANGELES >> A couple of low pressure systems are headed for the Southland Thursday, bringing the likelihood of some rain Friday and Saturday, National Weather Service forecasters said.

As of Thursday morning, no more than between a quarter-inch and a half-inch of rain were expected as a result of the two systems, they said.

The first storm originated in the Gulf of Alaska, worked its way down the coast, then turned around and is approaching from the southwest, said NWS meteorologist Andrew Rorke. The second also originated out of the gulf, then glanced off western Canada, he said, adding it could spread between 2 and 4 inches of snow over Interstate 15 in Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

Snow showers are also possible this weekend over the Interstate 5 Corridor near The Grapevine, according to the NWS.

Today’s temperatures are expected to be above normal, ranging from the low to high 70s in L.A. and Orange counties before dipping by several degrees Friday.

The NWS said Los Angeles County would be partly cloudy today and reach highs of 63 degrees Fahrenheit in Palmdale and Lancaster; 69 on Mount Wilson; 72 in Avalon; 76 in Woodland Hills and Saugus; 77 in Long Beach, Burbank and at LAX; 78 in downtown L.A. and Pasadena; and 80 in San Gabriel.

Inland Empire residents may be able to trade in sweaters for shorts as temperatures in some areas are expected to reach into the upper 70s Thursday.

San Bernardino, Rancho Cucamonga and Riverside temperatures should reach 77…

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