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Extreme drought continues to grip California, including the Los Angeles area, but rain will continue to hit the region into the weekend.
According to AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Bernie Rayno, "Los Angeles International Airport has not received an inch of rain since Dec. 24, 2012."
Despite the much needed rain, problems could develop as well due to mudflow and debris. As the second system will drop heavier rain across the state, those living in Southern California may be at risk for injury or death in some areas.
According to AccuWeather.com Western Weather Expert Ken Clark, "Rain will fall everywhere in the state Friday and Friday night with the heavy rain mostly in the southern third of the state." Saturday may feature some thunderstorms as well.
According to AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Marc Mancuso," The combination of the two storms have the potential to bring the biggest rains to California, since March of 2011."
Due to the heavy nature of the rain, folks should be alert to possible hazards the rain may cause.
Enough rain could fall to trigger flash flooding and mudslides in areas recently burned by wildfires.
At the rain's onset, roads will turn slick as the rain mixes with oil residue left behind by vehicles during the prolonged dry spell.
Motorists may face treacherous travel. Folks heading to the air at the end of the week should expect to face possible flight delays.
According to the Drought Monitor, Los Angeles continues to remain classified in an extreme drought.
Although this weeks rain will be helpful, much more rain will be needed to break the drought completely.
Although most of the precipitation will fall as rain, the mountains may have some heavy snow.
Temperatures are expected to remain around normal into the weekend.
Story written by AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Jordan Root
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