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Storm Will Bring Rain Sunday, Say Forecasters

November 07, 1998|ERIC MALNIC and STEVE CARNEY

A strengthening Pacific storm is expected to bring the first significant rainfall of the season to Southern California this weekend.

Forecasters said it will be partly cloudy this morning before the cool, blustery storm begins moving onshore this afternoon.

Light sprinkles should start falling in San Luis Obispo County before sunset. The precipitation is expected to move into Santa Barbara and Ventura counties by midnight, with rain beginning in Los Angeles and Orange counties before dawn Sunday.

Guy Pearson, a meteorologist with WeatherData Inc., a firm that provides forecasts for The Times, said that between a 10th and a quarter of an inch of rain should fall in Orange County, with up to an inch dropping on the foothills and mountains, before showers taper off Sunday night.

"It'll be kind of breezy and cool. There could be some gusts as high as 25 mph in some areas," Pearson said, with high temperatures in the middle 60s and low 70s today. The lows could drop to the middle 40s or 50s.

Monday is expected to be partly cloudy and breezy.

The snow level will be high--9,000 feet or above--as the storm moves in, but it could drop to 5,000 feet in some areas by Sunday night, forecasters said. "Significant amounts" could accumulate at some resort areas of the San Gabriel and San Bernardino mountains above 6,500 feet, the National Weather Service said.

Through Friday the rainfall total for Santa Ana this season was 0.11 inches. The normal total through Nov. 6 is 0.71 inches. The season began July 1.

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