Chilly, wet weather predicted for the final days of 2016




It appears that 2016 will end on a soggy note for Southern Californians.

Two low-pressure systems could bring as much as an inch of rain to the Southland valleys between today and Sunday, up to 2 inches of rain on lower-elevation mountain slopes and about a half-foot of snow higher up.

The precipitation will be accompanied by below-average temperatures — a drop of about 15 degrees from Thursday’s highs — that should last into next week, according to the National Weather Service.

The rainfall won’t be torrential and shouldn’t come with strong winds, but the timing of the showers could mean treachery for drivers heading to and from New Year’s Eve celebrations.

“It’s not going to be the Armageddon of storms … but it could still be dangerous,” said San Diego-based meteorologist Jimmy Taeger. “It’s raining so the roads are very slick, and the second storm is going to be colder, which could make driving more dangerous in the mountains.”

For people driving to New Year’s get-togethers, he said, “It could be a wet ride.”

The showers were expected to begin in the Los Angeles area Thursday night and move inland by early Friday, Taeger said.

The first system’s rain will come in from the southeast. A series of showers throughout Friday is expected to drop about a quarter-inch of rain in the valleys and as much as three-quarters of an inch at higher elevations below the snow line. Temperatures will drop to about 5 degrees below average for this time of…

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