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Stormy Weather Could Bring Much Needed Rain This Week. Not So Welcome? Possible Pea-Sized Hail

View of the downtown Los Angeles skyline from behind a rain-soaked car windshield.
View of the DTLA skyline on a rainy day.
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Some much-needed rain is headed to L.A. County Sunday night, and is expected to develop into stormier weather on Monday.

The National Weather Service predicts the downpour will be heaviest Monday afternoon through evening.

Brian Adams, a meteorologist with the NWS, said the region may get some "pea-sized" hail as well.

Adams stressed the importance of watching out for flooding and slick roads.

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"The evening commute [on Monday] could be a little messy," he said. Drivers "certainly want to take it easy on the roads, slow it down a little bit more."

The storm system could bring several inches to the region, which comes with the chance of debris flow in recent burn scar areas.

The NWS is promoting its "Turn Around Don't Drown" campaign, which encourages motorists not to drive through flood waters.

To date, 2022 has been an extraordinarily dry year, raising serious concerns about worsening drought conditions in the state. Californians have been asked to cut back on water usage, although that appeal resulted in more, not less, use of water in January.

California water officials announced earlier this month that they are cutting the allocation from the State Water Project from 15% to 5%. That project feeds 29 water agencies, including 13 in Southern California.

Officials say reducing the allocation is necessary to prepare for extended drought.

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