California to cap off year with more rain, snow

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California will cap off the year with another round of rain and snow as the second of two weekend storms moved through Saturday.

The National Weather Service warned that burn-scarred areas hit by wildfires in recent years could see mudslides and debris flows from the rain.

The latest system was expected to be very cold, promising to lower snow levels to elevations that could make travel difficult into and through mountain ranges.

Winter weather warnings and advisories were posted across Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties.

The storm could bring as much as a half-inch of precipitation across most of Los Angeles and more than an inch in the mountains. Most of the rain will fall between about 3 and 8 p.m., forecasters said, with light showers likely later into the evening.

A warm low-pressure storm system brought showers to Southern California starting Friday and slowly moved east as the cold weather system moved down the state from the north.

Rainfall amounts were modest Friday, mostly a few tenths of an inch, but nonetheless adding to precipitation accumulations well above normal to date despite continuing drought.

The chilly forecast prompted the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health to extend a cold weather alert for mountainous areas and the Antelope Valley through Wednesday. Temperatures in those areas are expected to dip below 32 degrees.

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