Rain May Soon Return to Southern California

December 10, 2011; 5:42 AM
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The past couple of weeks have been a wild ride for California, most notably for the once-in-a-decade Santa Ana wind event that caused significant damage and power outages in Southern California last week.

Since then, unusually cold conditions have taken hold of the state. Most areas haven't had rain for several weeks. Changes are on the way, however.

Earlier this week, AccuWeather.com Expert Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski provided an in-depth discussion on the freezing nighttime temperatures that have been hitting valley locations of California since late last week.

While temperatures are not expected to change much into the weekend, lows are predicted to come up a few degrees, easing the threat for freezing temperatures.

Bigger changes may be on the way by early next week with a Pacific storm system set to drop southward along the West's coastline.

Early indications show the potential for this storm to bring some rain to Southern California as early as Monday and a mix of rain and higher elevation snow to areas farther east across the Southwest into the middle of next week.

This could end up being the first measurable rain for Los Angeles since Nov. 20 and San Diego since Nov. 21.

Keep in mind there is a high degree of uncertainty with this upcoming storm, however. Be sure to check back with AccuWeather.com over the next couple of days for updates on the potential.

Rain chances do tend to increase in California during the winter months, which are considered to be the state's "wet season." February is typically the wettest month of the year for Los Angeles and San Diego. January is usually San Francisco's wettest month.

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