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Your Wednesday Weather: Cold, Wet, and Windy

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As expected, the rain moved in in the wee Wednesday hours, shrouding the Los Angeles area in an all-too-familiar gray pall teamed up with rainy skies and cold winds. "A half-inch to three-quarters of an inch of rain is expected in coastal areas and valleys of Los Angeles County as the fast-moving, wet part of the system churns through this morning," reports the Daily News.While many communities in the sun-hungry Southland have been scooping out from under the debris of last week's storms, they're still having to brace for today's wet weather, says MSNBC. In San Bernardino yesterday, "there was concern about debris basins meant to hold boulders, trees and muddy storm water swept down from the mountains."

More crews are on the roster today in the OC, where mud and debris had a chokehold on businesses and homes in the canyons and by the waterfront in Laguna Beach. Several roads are also closed down in the region.

The follow-up weather woe is the winds, which the National Weather Service say will be "widespread and gusty," and potentially "damaging," as they blow through the region from the North, and could hit speeds of 65 to 75 mph. The strongest winds will blow tonight and into Thursday.