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What To Expect Tonight For 'Rain Storm 2: Rain Harder'

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Rainy day on an L.A. road (Photo by victoriabernal via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)
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We really prepped ourselves for the ultimate rainfall on Wednesday. Even the National Weather Service loglined this week's L.A. showers as the "largest rain event" in nearly three years. So, we were a little confused when we woke up this morning after some heavy showers last night to some chirping birds and blue skies.

Don't put your umbrellas away just yet. From the weather report that brought you Rain Storm, we bring to you Rain Storm 2: Rain Harder. Spoiler alert: Tonight, we are getting some heavy rain to quench the thirst of our parched earth! (Drought-watch 2014.) Although we got only an inch of rain Wednesday because the first storm system moved a little quicker than expected, there's more coming our way Thursday, Andrew Rorke, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service told the L.A. Times. Expect a nice dry break this afternoon (the calm before the storm) before the stronger of the two storms hits tonight. Then it will carry on through Saturday evening with the hardest rainfall to strike Friday morning and afternoon. (Sorry folks; Friday L.A. traffic is going to be nasty!)

Besides the slick roads we need to worry about (CHP already counted 111 car crashes in a four-hour period from 5 a.m to 9 a.m. today, according to City News Service), mudslides are also a concern. Malibu Canyon had a rockslide early this morning, reported KTTV. Glendora and Azusa are on mudslide alert since they sit on the foothill of the San Gabriel Valley mountains and 2,000 acres were burned down from a fire last month. The area may get a mandatory evacuation by officials today and folks are lining sandbags along the foothill. Sandbags are also getting lined around the mountain ranges east and west of L.A., including the area of the Springs Fire in the Santa Monica Mountains that was affected in May of last year.

Stay safe, Angelenos!