Southern California will escape the worst of a powerful Pacific storm slamming into the West today, but rough surf will persist at the coast.
A large westerly swell will continue to significantly kick up the waters along the Southern California coastline through the remainder of the weekend.
Sunday's surf will average 6 to 10 feet along west-facing beaches with the highest surf corresponding to the mid- to late-morning high tide.
With high tide will also come a threat of beach erosion and localized coastal flooding. All day, rip currents will pose a serious danger to anyone entering the water.
Saturday morning, high surf forced officials to close the Ocean Beach Pier. Later in the morning, Huntington Beach lifeguards reported surf as high as 8 feet.
The large swell is being generated by a pair of storms churning in the eastern Pacific, one of which will slam onshore tonight into Sunday with flooding rain, feet of mountain snow and damaging winds.
A total of 4 to 8 inches of rain will inundate northwestern California and the northern and central Sierra.
The rain will weaken as it presses southward through California, only lightly dampening the Los Angeles Basin through Sunday night and totally diminishing before reaching San Diego.
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Much cooler air with temperatures more typical of mid- to late September will sweep across the Great Lakes and Northeast early this week.
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