SoCal weather: 1st major storm of the season soaks region. But how long will it last?

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Southern California was soaked with much-needed rain Monday, the first big storm of the season.

Rain began falling in the Los Angeles area this morning -- the front edge of a system that was expected to drop between a half-inch and 2 1/2 inches in L.A. County before moving east around 6 or 7 p.m.

Higher amounts of rain between 2 and 2 1/2 inches could hit the coastal foothills and foothills of the 210 corridor, the NWS said.

Recent burn areas are the likeliest locales that could experience minor mud and debris flows, but the rainfall rates were not expected to create concerns for older burn areas such as the Bobcat or Ranch 2 fires, according to the NWS.

The storm was not expected to bring significant snow to the area, with levels remaining well above 8,000 feet, forecasters said.

Los Angeles and Orange counties will see a high of 63 degrees on Monday, with about half an inch of rain. Mountain and foothill communities may see even more rain.

Valleys and the Inland Empire on Monday could see up to an inch of rain with a high of 62.

Coastal communities will see half an inch to one inch of rain, with dangerous surf.

The mountains will see 1-3 inches of rain, with wind gusts up to 40 mph and a high temperature of just 48.

Deserts will see up to a quarter inch of rain with wind gusts up to 40 mph and a high of 61 degrees.

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