Parched Valley expected to get rain today

first_imgA Pacific storm that soaked western Ventura County this weekend is expected to roll into the San Fernando Valley today, bringing a bit of relief to parched hillsides and wind-scorched brush. “It has been streaming – pretty much constant showers – over Ventura County, and we are hoping for some of that to move east overnight and give L.A. County a bit more of the dousing than it has been getting so far,” said Jamie Meier, a meteorologist at the Oxnard office of the National Weather Service. The weekend storm brought snow to Ventura County mountains, dropping six to 10 inches at elevations above 6,000 feet. The light drizzle that began Saturday morning is expected to drop a half-inch to an inch in the Los Angeles area through this evening. The chance of rain today in downtown Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley was put at 60 percent, falling to 50 percent Tuesday and 20 percent on Wednesday. Forecasters expect temperatures in the 50s today and flash-flood warnings are in effect for Burbank, Castaic and Topanga Canyon. Even with the rain, Los Angeles is on pace for its driest year on record. Since July, just 1.48 inches have fallen in downtown Los Angeles. So far, this season is on pace to be drier than the 2001-02 season, when just 4.42 inches of rain fell in Los Angeles, the least of any year on record. All this has fire officials on high alert. “We don’t really take a sigh of relief until we get four or five inches,” said L.A. County Fire Inspector Ed Lozano. “Fire season is never really considered out for us because all we need is a few Santa Ana winds, and the fuel will dry out again really quick.” This winter heavy winds and freezing temperatures have toppled trees, dragged down power lines, killed crops and even brought snow to the hills above Malibu. Despite the cold, forecasters are predicting 2007 could be the hottest year on record. Couple that with what looks to be, at best, one of the driest years on record, and summer should be a scorcher. [email protected] (818) 713-3634160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more