Southern California winter storm douses region with last day of heavy rain before skies clear

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The heavy rain is continuing to drench SoCal Thursday as the last of this week's storms wallops the region.

The heavy rain and danger of flooding is continuing across Southern California Thursday as the last of this week's storms wallops the region.

Thursday will likely see 2-3 inches of rain in some areas, with flooding and mudslides possible in areas impacted by recent wildfires.

A flash flood warning was issued for areas in northwestern Ventura County impacted by the Thomas Fire. Though the warning, which also included Santa Barbara County, expired early Thursday morning, heavy rain was expected to hit Ventura County through 11 a.m.

A flash flood warning was also issued for San Bernardino and Riverside counties until 1:30 p.m. due to possible debris flow caused by heavy rain. Some locations that will likely experience flooding include Riverside, San Bernardino, Fontana, Moreno Valley, Ontario, Rialto, Chino, Redlands, Yucaipa and Wrightwood.

The National Weather Service also issued a flood warning for the area near Ventura River at Foster Park until 2 p.m. due to flooding.

The heaviest rain was expected to hit the Los Angeles area through noon and Orange County through 1 p.m.

The storms will have mostly pushed out of the region by Thursday evening. By Friday afternoon, the rain should taper off and the sun will return, with temperatures in the 70s. A number of flash flood watches and evacuation orders will remain in place until then.

People living in areas impacted by recent wildfires should be prepared for the possibility of mudslides and flash flooding, as the hillsides have been left with little vegetation to absorb the flow of water.

Los Angeles and Orange counties should expect a heavy downpour Thursday morning, dumping 1-3 inches of rain in some areas, with a high temperature of 62 degrees. The foothill communities may even see 5 inches of rain.

The valleys and Inland Empire could see up to 3.5 inches of rain Thursday along with possible debris flows and a high of 60.

Beaches will see some rain and possible flooding, with surf in the 3-7 foot range and a high temperature of 62.

Mountain areas will be windy, with snow at elevations over 8,000 feet and a high temperature of just 45, dropping to 32 overnight.

Deserts will see rain with a high of 55 degrees.

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