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A Hard Rain's A-Comin'--Drive Safe, LA!

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Overnight rainstorms brought at least a dozen motor accidents on slick roads and freeways, and the light rain that is gracing the Los Angeles area right now is "expected to intensify later in the day, prompting forecasters to issue a flash flood watch for fire-denuded areas of Los Angeles and Orange counties" according to These areas are particularly vulnerable to disastrous mud slides as well. The watch goes into effect at noon today and will last through the night.

Meanwhile, the gray skies and rainfall is supposed to last all through the day, thanks to a Pacific Storm, and more rain is in the forecast for Thursday. For those so inclined, this storm system is going to bring snow to the higher elevations, so if you're swapping shopping malls for ski slopes this weekend, you could very well be in luck.

Just be sure that if you're out on the road, you put down that cellphone and keep alert. Do I sound like a nagging mom, or what? Well, as my junior high school vice principal used to say during the morning announcements, "A word to the wise is sufficient."

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Personally, as long as its raining like this I'm going to stay inside and make some hot cocoa with those peppermint marshmallows I found at Trader Joe's last night.

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