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Southland Braces for Back-to-Back Winter Storms

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Check your closet, under your bed, or the backseat of your car--that's probably where your umbrella is. Been a while since it saw the light of day--or, rather, the darkness of stormy skies? Tomorrow we're due for the first of two storms, followed quickly by another, according to LA Now, and making for what the National Weather Service is calling "a wet unsettled pattern" for us next week.Of great and immediate concern is the impact of the rainstorms on the Station Fire burn areas. Sunday's storm will continue to produce showers, possible quite heavy ones, through Monday evening, and this means an increased chance of "mudslides and flooding in foothill communities near the burn area."

But it's the storm due in for Wednesday and Thursday that could really do some damage to those scarred hillsides. This second system is described by the NWS as having a "subtropical component" that means it "will likely be more powerful...warmer...and be a more efficient rain maker." While efficiency is admirable, and rain something our parched-of-late landscape desperately needs, it could mean a second dose of hardship for those in foothill communities, as well as treacherous road conditions.