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Winter Storm Watch: Little White Specs That Fall From the Sky and Rain, Rain, Rain

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We get to call it a "Winter Storm" because it's storming and it's January, and not to overstate the obvious, but it is Winter Storming like nobody's business out there.

Although the rain may have tapered off somewhat in the overnight hours, the greater Los Angeles area is bracing for another onslaught of downpours, with more high winds, flood risks, and snow.

Snow? What? Huh? Yes, Angelenos, we're talking the little white specs that fall from the sky. The LA Times reports:

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Los Angeles County saw light snow fall as low as 3,000 feet [yesterday], with up to a foot sticking at 3,500 feet and 18 inches between 4,500 and 5,500 feet, according to Stuart Seto, a weather specialist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard. Nearly 2 feet of snow fell in the Lockwood Valley.

The new storm system that's moving in is not going to pull any punches. explains that the National Weather Service says it will have "the potential to break very heavy to excessive rainfall to the region as it moves slowly through southwestern California sometime Saturday through Sunday." How much rain? How about "two and five inches of rain in coastal and valley areas, and between five and 10 inches in the foothills and mountains, with even higher amounts on south-facing mountain slopes."We're still under a winter storm warning in LA, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties, and areas that have suffered burn damage, like Malibu and Griffith Park, are vulnerable to mudslides and flooding. How low will the snow go? We're looking at snow levels of 3,000 to 4,000 feet, so don't expect to see those mysterious white specs in Downtown. Incidentally, the last time there was snow in the Civic Center was 1962, when trace amounts fluttered down in January. Some folks in Malibu, however, might be saying "Snow's Up, Dude!" this weekend again.

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