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Rain and thunderstorms in Los Angeles

6:40 A.M. ET 2/19/2005


Tim Ballisty, Meteorologist, The Weather Channel



Rain has been relentless across Southern California and more is on the way. Look for waves of rain to continue to move in today and the chance of rain will be in the forecast into next week. Mudslides and debris slides will be an ongoing threat right into next week along with localized flooding. Some of the favored southwest facing slopes in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties could still see rainfall storm totals go well beyond a foot by Tuesday. Earlier this morning, relentless thunderstorms (some severe) were producing rainfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour over downtown Los Angeles. Widespread flooding over the downtown streets of L.A. was being reported. Some of the thunderstorms that rolled through contained small hail and constant lightning. This will be the theme for much of the day; on and off heavy rain with embedded thunderstorms (some containing small hail and frequent lightning). Rain will also be a problem across parts of southern Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico. Earlier this morning, Phoenix, Ariz. picked up more than a quarter inch of rain in just two hours. Snow will pile up well into the coming week across the Sierra, the mountains of Nevada, the Wasatch of Utah and the Colorado Rockies. Some locations over 7000 feet could pick up several feet in the coming days.

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