Rain May Miss SoCal, Watch for Light Snow on Grapevine

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December 30, 2019 - 7:16 am
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LOS ANGELES (CNS) - A storm that was headed toward the Los Angeles area is weakening as it moves south from the Central California coast and now is forecast to bring little, if any, rain today but it still could be windy, forecasters said.

The forecast now calls for partly to mostly cloudy skies today with a 20-percent chance of a 10th of an inch of rain or less, according to National Weather Service Meteorologist Curt Kaplan, who says forecasters are canceling winter weather advisories.

It will still be partly to mostly cloudy and the slight chance of rain at lower elevations means snow flurries are possible in the Grapevine and higher elevations, Kaplan said.

Temperatures today will remain below normal in the mid-50s to low 60s, he said.

It will be more sunny with increased Santa Ana winds starting Tuesday, Kaplan said. Vegetation is too wet from last week's rain for there to be fire danger, he said.

 Tuesday's highs in the Los Angeles Basin will be in the mid-to-upper- 60s and could rise to the 70s by weekend.

 The new forecast calls for a cold New Year's Eve for people camping out on the Rose Parade route in Pasadena, with temperatures below 40, warming up during the Tournament of Roses Parade to a high of 66 degrees by the Rose Bowl game.

A wind advisory will be in effect from 7 a.m. Monday to 3 p.m. Tuesday, with north to northeast winds of  15-25 mph and gusts of up to 45 mph from Malibu to the Hollywood Hills and south to Long Beach. Kaplan said it could be windy in the mountains and valleys with wind gusts up to 50 mph.

 High surf is forecast for beaches in mid-to-late week, he said.

 "A pretty good swell is starting Wednesday with pretty powerful waves," he said.

West-facing beaches could see waves of 5-to-7 feet, increasing to 10 feet at times from Wednesday to Thursday night or Friday, Kaplan said.