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It Might Rain During The Countdown This New Year's Eve

A rainy San Pedro. (Photo by leicahooligan via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)
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Will 2016 go down as one of the worst years in contemporary history? It's certainly in the running, and it looks like it wants to antagonize us right until the very end.

According to the National Weather Service, there will be two storm systems moving in later this week. On Friday, there's a 70% chance that we'll see rain starting in the morning. The storm may continue into the evening, and it's expected to bring about a quarter to a half inch of rain to L.A. and other parts of the county.

The figures are similar for a second storm system that will roll through on Saturday. Again, there's a 70% chance we'll see some wetness, and we're expected to see a quarter to a half inch of rain. This storm, however, isn't expected to start until Saturday afternoon. The two storms shouldn't be as heavy as the ones we'd encountered on the days leading up to Christmas.

The big question, of course, is if we'll see any H20 during our revelries on Saturday night. Will the good folks out at Grand Park need to put on ponchos as they count down? According to David Sweet, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service, there's a 40% chance that it'll be raining Saturday night. So, if you're hoping for a dry countdown, the odds are slightly in your favor, though it would probably be wise to bring an umbrella.

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As Sweet notes, the combination of rain and partying is something that necessitates caution. "In these cases we always have the same concerns. Basically, people should drive carefully, slower. Roadways will be slippery. Allow yourself more time to get to your destination. Lower your speed, and give yourself more distance between you and the car in front of you," said Sweet. So stay safe! And remember, Metro will be free that night.