A fast-moving storm dropped a little more than half an inch of rain on much of the Southland today and contributed to an increase in the number of freeway accidents, but the sun and heat were expected to return this week with a vengeance.
At the Santa Monica Airport, the National Weather Service measured .58 inches of rain as of 4:38 p.m.
Weather specialist Stuart Seto of the Weather Service said that as of 4 p.m., only a small amount of drizzle was still falling in the Los Angeles basin, except for a patch of the Antelope Valley around Pearblossom where a fair amount of the wet stuff was still coming down.
Just .47 inches was recorded in Venice, bringing the season total to 4.8 inches there, according to data tracked by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.
Most of the Southland, from the valleys to the airport, received only a
bit more than half an inch of rain, and for the next seven days, at least, no more precipitation is expected. Instead, it will get into the lower 80s by the weekend, he said.
Mount Wilson got almost no snow, although at Mountain High Ski Resort, about two inches fell. The resort is about 1,000 feet higher than Wrightwood, which has an elevation of about 6,000 feet.
Gusty winds will still be felt in the mountains overnight, but by 10 a.m. tomorrow they should be gone, according to the NWS.
The storm was producing high surf. A high surf advisory, indicating the
likelihood of powerful rip currents and some beach erosion, will be in effect
until 10 tonight in Los Angeles County and 2 p.m. Tuesday in Orange County.
During the time covered by the advisory, people should "avoid standing
on rocks or jetties near the water's edge and remember to never turn your back
on the ocean," according to the NWS.
Authorities also warned against recreational sailing.
"I would advise any boater to venture out with caution,'' said Sgt.
John Hollenbeck of the Orange County Sheriff's Department's Harbor Patrol.
"Don't go out if you are not experienced" because an inexperienced boater is
more likely to capsize in heavy swells, he said.