Seems it never rains in Southern California (oh yeah!)

Posted by AzBlueMeanie:

Just spoke with my sister in California who had a heads-up on what is headed our way for the next few days into New Year's Day.

From the Los Angeles Times this afternoon, Rain snarls commuter traffic, triggers flood warnings [Updated]| Los Angeles Times:

More rain pummeled storm-weary Southern California on Wednesday, bringing misery to morning commuters and flood warnings to some mountain and foothill areas.

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The National Weather Service issued flood advisories in such foothills communities as Sunland/Tujunga, Sierra Madre and La Cañada-Flintridge. Flooding was occurring in areas of downtown Los Angeles, Monterey Park, Long Beach, Lancaster, Diamond Bar and Acton.

A National Weather Service advisory warned that "damaging winds are likely" across portions of Southern California through Wednesday evening and into Thursday morning.

Strong winds are already sweeping through mountain and interior valleys in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties, according to the advisory.

Gusts between 40 and 50 mph will be common, the advisory said, and in some mountain passes, winds could reach up to 75 mph.

Officials said the combination of very strong winds and blowing snow is expected to cause treacherous driving conditions near the Grapevine, the portion of the Golden State Freeway that winds through the northwestern edge of Los Angeles County.

The Albert Hammond classic:

A Winter weather warning has been issued for Tucson, So. Arizona:

The National Weather Service in Tucson has issued a winter storm warning in effect from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday for Southern Arizona.

Snow accumulations of eight to 18 inches above 6,000 feet and two to eight inches between 2,800 and 6,000 feet are predicted.

Forecasters say snow levels should be 4,000 to 5,500 feet early Thursday morning falling to 2,200 to 2,800 feet late Thursday. The elevation at Tucson International Airport is 2,460 feet.

It’ll be windy with winds 15 to 30 mph with gusts to 35 mph.

Motorists in Southern Arizona should be prepared for winter weather and deteriorating road conditions.

The warning covers the upper Santa Cruz River Valley, the Altar Valley, metro Tucson, the upper San Pedro River Valley and Eastern Cochise County below 5,000 feet.

The extended forecast is for sub-freezing temperatures overnight for the New Year's weekend. Cover your plants, bring your pets inside, bundle up and stay indoors. Our one taste of winter this year will be for New Year's.

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