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Rainy Weather To Roll Through L.A. This Week

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I'm no Dallas Raines, but it seems to me that we've gotten some decent rainfall this winter, especially impressive when you consider that we're in the middle of a La Niña (which usually amounts to a drier winter). As documented at KPCC, we've been getting higher-than-average rainfall for a La Niña season.

It looks like the rain train is gonna keep rolling this week, as a storm is anticipated to roll by Los Angeles on Thursday. According to Meteorologist Carol Smith of the National Weather Service, a strong cold front will move through the southwest region of California. L.A. can expect about an inch to an inch-and-quarter of rain. Hillier regions, such as the Foothills and the San Gabriel Mountains, may see as much as three inches. As we've noted before, those areas get more rain because the hills have a ramping effect that pushes air and moisture up into the air.

Smith says that there's a chance of light showers on Thursday afternoon, with moderate rainfall anticipated for the night. The rain will kick into full gear after 10p.m., and we may still see some moderate showers on Friday morning. The storm will have passed by Friday afternoon.

You may remember that we had pretty significant rainfall at the end of November. Will this upcoming storm be even more impressive? "This one should be heavier than that. There's more moisture to work with here," said Smith.

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As for a forecast of future conditions, there's no definitive answer. According to Smith, the current three-month forecast shows that, on a weekly basis, there's anticipation for below-average rainfall. Does that mean La Niña will bring the dry winter that we'd been fearing? Perhaps not. Smith notes that this La Niña is a "weak one" and added that the forecasts are subject to chance.