The potential for debris flows, rock and mud slides in steep areas is high this morning along with flooding in low-lying areas due to the onslaught of rain and snow through the Inland area, say news reports. Although the heaviest part of the storm has passed, as of 9:30am this morning rain continued to fall on Riverside and San Bernardino counties as the storm makes its way south to San Diego County.
According to the National Weather Service, rainfall is expected to total a half-inch in valleys and one inch in the mountains. A flooding alert was issued for foothill areas, and flooding has already been reported on the 110 Freeway near Redondo Beach Boulevard, reports the LA Times.
The storms are expected to slow morning commuters, and cause many car accidents due to the rough weather. The storm, which comes from the Gulf of Alaska, may also bring strong wind gusts of 75mph to the Grapevine, along with a section of the Golden State Freeway in the northwest edge of Los Angeles County.
“This event has the potential to be one of the most widespread and strongest wind episodes in recent years. With the ground rain-soaked by recent storms, there will likely be widespread downed trees across the region. In addition, there will also be the potential for downed power lines and power outages,” the weather service said.
A portion of the Pacific Coast Highway, north of Malibu, was shut-down early this morning between Deer Creek in Malibu and Las Posas Road in Ventura County.
I hope everyone stays safe on the roads during these California storms. Avoid driving in dangerous weather situations whenever possible.