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Storm brings rain, cold temps to Southland

January 21, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
A storm system is moving across Southern California, making for a cold and soggy start to the weekend.

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The wet weather pushed down from the northwest, making its way down to the Southland. The rain pelted Ventura County starting early Saturday, falling at a steady clip throughout the morning. A high surf advisory was issued for the Ventura County coast at about 4 a.m. and was expected to last until 10 p.m.

Los Angeles and Orange counties and the Inland Empire all felt the rain Saturday. It caused slick driving conditions on the roadways and may have been behind several early morning accidents. California Highway Patrol officers in the Newhall area said they were busy overnight and throughout the morning. However, none of the accidents were serious.

Officials say the slick driving conditions may have contributed to more than 300 car crashes so far this weekend.

That's compared to 55 wrecks reported on dry roads during the same period last weekend.

The storm also knocked out power in some areas.

Nearly 32,000 Southern California Edison customers were without power. That number was down to 25,297 by early Saturday evening.

In North Hills, about 6,500 Department of Water and Power customers were in the dark before dawn, along with about 800 customers in Beverly Hills.

SCE said the outage was caused by the storm and also reported some outages in Malibu and Santa Monica. The utility said they were working on restoring power to those areas.

Southern California was due for some rain with a long stretch of dry weather since the start of 2012.

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Downtown Los Angeles only saw 1.01 inches of rain in December 2011 compared to 10.3 inches in December 2010. The rainfall that we've had since July puts Los Angeles at just 60 percent of normal at just below 4 inches. December 2011 was the driest December for Los Angeles in five years.

While residents are having mixed reactions to the wet weekend, the rain is supplying water to Southern California, which is in desperate need of moisture.

The current storm is also bringing rain and snow to Northern California as well.

Here at home, another storm was expected for Sunday evening, spilling into the start of the workweek.

Temperatures are expected to reach low 60s for L.A., O.C., I.E. and Valleys with low 50s for the local mountain areas. Downtown L.A. is expected to see about .25 to .5 inch of rain and .5 to 1 inch for the Valleys.