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Storm Watch: Rain, Wind, Snow, and Flood Watch

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The rain returned to SoCal Thursday night and hung on most of yesterday. And the wet weather continues today and into tomorrow. Much of the region is under a winter storm warning, in fact, as this current system is expected to bring heavy snow and gusty winds to the mountains of Los Angeles and Ventura counties.The National Weather Service's forecast is pretty grim, as it calls for periods of rain and snow to "increase in intensity this afternoon then continue heavy at times through early Sunday morning," when the precipitation will likely begin to wind down.

What's good news for skiers and snowboarders headed to our local slopes for some weekend fun means bad news for drivers. While the stormy conditions will dump anywhere from 8-18 inches of snow above 6000 feet, the winds will be blowing it around enough to bring visibility in those areas to "near zero at times."

And down the hill? Well, that's literally what all eyes are on: The recently burned hillsides of LA, Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties. Residents in those areas get no respite from worry this weekend, as the storm system also brings with it a flood watch, indicating that flash floods and debris flow are possible in and downstream of those areas. Areas like where the Station Fire ravaged the hilly terrain will see between 1.5 and 2.5 inches of rainfall.