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Special Statement

Statement as of 5:26 PM PDT on October 31, 2014

Expires 9:00 AM EDT on November 01, 2014


... Pacific storm system to bring periods of Rain... Mountain
snow... possible thunderstorms and gusty winds to southwest
California tonight into Saturday...

A cold front will spread rain along the central coast this
evening... with rain over Ventura and Los Angeles counties later
tonight. Showers will persist into Saturday morning across the
region... with a chance of residual showers on north facing
mountain slopes through Saturday evening. Most areas will see 3
to 4 hours of steady rain with the initial front... followed by
light showers as the front moves east. There will also be a
slight chance of thunderstorms over San Luis Obispo and Santa
Barbara counties late tonight as colder air moves in aloft. Any
thunderstorms will have the potential to produce brief heavy rain
showers and small hail.

Rainfall totals are generally expected to range from three
quarters of an inch to one and one half inches along the central
coast... with higher amounts across northwest San Luis Obispo
County. Otherwise rainfall amounts of one quarter to three
quarters of an inch can be expected for most areas... with local
amounts up to one inch in the San Gabriel Mountains.

Snow levels will fall to near 6000 feet late tonight into
Saturday morning. Most of the steady precipitation should be over
before the snow levels lower significantly. 1 to 3 inches of snow
will be possible for the San Gabriel Mountains around 7000 feet
and above... with an inch or less between 6000 and 7000 feet. The
expected snowfall combined with gusty winds could produce
dangerous mountain driving conditions tonight.

Southwest winds gusting to 35 to 40 mph are expected over the
mountains of Ventura and Los Angeles counties and the Antelope
Valley this evening. Winds will turn northwest over the area by
Saturday morning with gusts up to 40 mph in the mountains and
Antelope Valley.

Residents near the Colby burn area should monitor the latest
National Weather Service forecasts and statements as the potential
for locally heavy downpours tonight could bring the threat of minor
mud and debris flows.

Since this will be the first widespread rain event in quite some
time... roads will be extra slick due to months of oil buildup on
paved surfaces. Motorists are urged to use extra caution in the
rain. In addition... people traveling into the mountains should be
prepared for winter weather driving conditions.

Listen to NOAA Weather Radio or your local media for the latest
updates on this storm system.


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