Tomorrow marks the start of many days of sporadic rain that will end 2022 in Southern California, according to predictions. According to the National Weather Service, rain is expected to start raining in Los Angeles and Orange County on Tuesday afternoon and increase until late Tuesday and early Wednesday. A half-inch to an inch of rain was predicted by the NWS for the beaches and valleys, and one to two inches for the hills and mountains.
Authorities advised residents living close to recent burn zones to take extra care for potential debris flows and drivers to be prepared for damaged roads. Afternoon sunshine was anticipated to return on Wednesday, with showers possible on Thursday and Friday and rain more probable on New Year’s Eve Saturday. On New Year’s Day, it appeared that the afternoon would be generally bright with a small risk of precipitation.
A Sunny Christmas Weekend
Southern California appears to be in for many days of rain to conclude 2022 after a bright Christmas weekend. According to current projections, Los Angeles and Orange County will likely experience rain starting on Tuesday and lasting for five straight days until New Year’s Eve. New Year’s Day will be sunny, but the following three days will likely also see rain.
The National Weather Service predicts that Los Angeles and Orange County will likely experience rain on Tuesday night, with snow possible in the mountains by Wednesday night. Through Saturday, there is a risk of rain every day. The NWS predicted that the initial band of precipitation will bring between a half-inch and 1.5 inches of rain to Los Angeles County, and 3 inches in the coastal mountain slopes.
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No Winter Weather Warnings
Late on Monday, the system will start dumping rain over the counties of San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara. The timing of the systems later in the week is “problematic and will likely necessitate revisions with later forecasts,” the meteorological agency stated. The agency noted that as ensemble solutions differ in the track and depth of the subsequent short wave on Thursday and the subsequent waves later in the week through New Year’s Day, “uncertainty develops from there.”
There are currently no winter weather warnings in effect for the area. The NWS predicts that following a warm stretch, temperatures will likewise return to winter-like levels this week, dropping from a projected high of 79 degrees in downtown Los Angeles on Monday to 64 on Tuesday and Wednesday and 61 on Thursday. The majority of overnight lows will be in the 40s and lower 50s, although the mountains and Antelope Valley will experience lower lows of the 30s.
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Light Snow To Occur
For the majority of the precipitation, snow levels should be well above the main mountain passes. The NWS states that light snow could occur on north-facing slopes as low as 4,000 feet, including over the Grapevine, but that any snow that does fall there “should be short, non-accumulating, and barely damaging.” There are forecasted wind gusts of 30 to 45 mph in the interior valleys and mountains, but as of 3:30 p.m. on Monday, no winter weather advisories had been issued for the area.
After a warm stretch, temperatures will also plummet back to winter-like levels this week, going from a high of 80 degrees on Monday in downtown Los Angeles to 63 on Tuesday, 64 on Wednesday, and 60 on Thursday. The majority of overnight lows will be in the 40s and lower 50s, although the mountains and Antelope Valley will experience lower lows of the 30s. According to early estimates, another storm is expected to hit the region next week, with another three days of rain predicted from January 3–5.
After a bright and sunny Christmas holiday weekend in 2022, Southern California is expected to experience rain and lower temperatures during the final week of the year. Before the weather takes a turn for the worse, Monday will be the last day of warm and dry conditions. It is likely to rain on Tuesday, and there will be further opportunities for rain throughout the remainder of the week.
After a dry New Year’s Day, there is a chance for further precipitation. Temperatures will be in the 70s on Monday with a rise in cloud cover later in the day. On Tuesday, temperatures are expected to fall by approximately 15 degrees in certain locations. Monday’s high temperature of 79 degrees will be followed by lows of 64 degrees on Tuesday and Wednesday, and 61 degrees on Thursday in the downtown area of Los Angeles.