first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event Forecasters predicted steady rains through the remainder of today, with a 40 to 50 percent chance of rain Wednesday and a 20 percent chance Wednesday evening. Snow levels early today were at 9,000 feet, but were expected to drop to as low as 5,000 feet overnight, with between 8 inches and a foot of snow predicted for local ski resorts. The rains brought traffic to a crawl across the Southland, according to the California Highway Patrol, with traffic snarled on the Harbor and Hollywood freeways downtown to make way for the funeral of slain Deputy Maria Cecelia Rosa. Surprisingly, there were fewer accidents during today’s rush-hour downpour than during the same period last week, with 117 crashes between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. compared to 140 crashes during the dry commute last week. “I think people are starting to get the idea they need to slow down,” said CHP Officer Rick Quintero. “Typically, what we see are solo driver spin-outs at 65 to 70 mph – a speed not advisable during the rain.” The CHP warned motorists of possible floods or mudlslides along the Pacific Coast Highway, in Laurel Canyon and in burn areas near Santa Clarita. Motorists were warned to be especially careful driving through low-lying streets. The CHP advised drivers to: — Avoid outer lanes of freeways prone to flooding. — Maintain a driving distance of between 1 1/2 and two car lengths for every 10 mph during the rain. — Keep the lights during the rain, according to a new state law. Weather forecasters attribute the massive storm to two weather systems drawn together by a vast low-pressure area from Central California to Los Angeles. The late-season storm may still not bring Los Angeles – now 3 inches below normal – up to its seasonal average. By the time the weather season ends in June, William Patzert, an oceonographer with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Canada-Flintridge, forecasts 12 inches for Los Angeles, three inches below the norm of 15.14 inches. — Dana Bartholomew, (818) 713-3730 [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Heavy rains drenched the Southland today, snarling traffic and prompting flood advisories for low-lying streets and burn areas. The Alaskan storm fueled by subtropical moisture from Hawaii dropped a half-inch of rain by the end of the morning commute through the San Fernando Valley. Malibu and Camarillo got up to 1.5 inches. “Lots of rain, moving slow,” said Stuart Seto, a weather specialist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard. “Santa Barbara and Ventura are pretty much soaked. It’s now moving into Los Angeles County. With this rain, there won’t be a lot of daylight.” By the time it peters out Wednesday evening, this week’s storm is expected to dump up to two inches of rain in the valleys and along the coast, and as much as six inches in the foothills.last_img

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