Southern California weather forecast - Los Angeles, Orange County, Inland Empire, Ventura County


Rain is drenching Southern California on Thursday, as a strong storm brings steady rainfall through the evening.

Starting at about sunrise, many areas will see strong showers and even some thunder and lightning. Another big squall will move through Southern California Thursday midday and afternoon, bringing moderate to heavy rainfall for most areas.

The National Weather Service projected 1-2.5 inches of rainfall for the coast and valleys, 2.5-4 inches for the foothills, and over 5 inches of total rain accumulation for the local mountain areas by the end of Thursday night.

The Inland Empire is expected to be hit the hardest, with the heaviest showers expected between noon and 2 p.m.

The valleys and Inland Empire should get 2-4 inches of rain, along with windy conditions. Expect high temperatures to be in the low 60s.

Los Angeles and Orange counties may get up to 3 inches of rain with highs also in the low 60s. Flash flood watches are in place for several parts of L.A. and Ventura counties until at least 1 p.m.

Beach communities will be windy and wet with a high of 62 degrees. Swells from the southwest will create 3-6 foot surf.

The mountain areas will see temperatures in the low 40s, with 2-6 inches of rain.

Desert areas may experience flooding and wind gusts of up to 60 mph. Expect a high of 57 degrees.

All of the heavy rain is expected to be gone by approximately 11 p.m. Thursday. Friday morning may see some lingering light, scattered showers.

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