• Wet Weather in the Southland

    LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Rain, thunderstorms and lightning moved into the Southland today, briefly interrupting Metro Blue Line service in Long Beach and causing an uptick in traffic crashes during the morning commute.

    National Weather Service forecasters said the rain would be light, except when accompanying thunderstorms, which could also generate hail and gusty winds. Additionally, waterspouts are possible off the Orange county coast, forecasters said.

    Lightning strikes could be seen off the coast this morning.

    In Long Beach, lightning strikes reported about 7 a.m. knocked out service on the Blue Line between the Willow, Wardlow and Del Amo stations for about an hour, and prompted Metro to send buses to take passengers between those locations.

    California Highway Patrol Officer Francisco Villalobos said there was a slight increase in the number of accidents reported during the morning commute, when sporadic rainfall was reported in various areas.

    About 7:45 a.m., a truck carrying a load of wooden pallets overturned and blocked the transition road from the Eastbound Santa Monica (10) Freeway to the northbound Golden State (5) Freeway near downtown Los Angeles, Villalobos said. It was unclear if rain was involved in that accident.

    The lion’s share of today’s precipitation was expected to reach land this afternoon.

    Today’s damp weather, expected to last through this evening, is the product of a cold upper-level low-pressure system. The snow level will generally remain above 7,000 feet, and there could be up to 3 inches of snow at higher elevations in the San Gabriels, according to the NWS.

    The NWS forecast highs today of 55 on Mount Wilson; 65 at LAX; 66 in Avalon; 67 in San Gabriel; 68 in Long Beach, Downtown L.A., Saugus, Palmdale and Burbank; 69 in Pasadena and Lancaster; 70 in Newport Beach; and 71 in Anaheim.

    A warming trend will begin under partly cloudy skies Friday and send temperatures back into the 80s on Sunday, according to a long-range NWS forecast.

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