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Sweet Relief! 'Biggest Storm' In Months To Hit Southern California In The Coming Week

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Remember that furious winter storm that hit Los Angeles at the end of February? The National Weather Service is saying that the biggest storm to hit the region since Rainpocalypse 2014, Part 1 is expected to roll in at the beginning of the coming week.NWS says that a very weak system will rain about a tenth of an inch tonight and early Sunday, but it's the second, much more powerful system that will strike on Tuesday expected to bring the downpour. That system might hit as early as Monday night and is expected to dump 1 to 2 inches of rain on downtown Los Angeles, according to the LA Times. Rain is expected to continue all the way through to Thursday.

The San Gabriel Mountains can get as much as 2 or 3 inches of rain, and snow could fall at elevations of at least 7,500 feet. NWS warns that this storm could bring a burst of heavy rainfall lasting 2 to 3 hours, which could bring flooding and mudslides much like last time.

Since July 1, downtown Los Angeles has only received a half inch of rain, and the expected downpour might be enough to bring us up to normal levels. However, the ever-quotable Bill Patzert of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory says that it'll only be a drop in the drought bucket.

"One storm is not a drought-buster. But hopefully it is a small down payment and a preview of the coming attractions for the next few months."