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Today, the National Weather Service released a Special Weather Statement for Southern California, warning of an incoming weather system that has the potential to pour a significant amount of rain in the Station Fire burn area.

Beginning late Sunday, a very cold low pressure system will settle in across Oregon and Northern California, increasing our onshore flow here in Southern California and leading to the possibility of light rain or drizzle on Sunday. As the storm system moves southeast, rain will be likely on Monday – heavy at times during the Station Fire area.

This storm may also bring some snow to the San Gabriels, with snow levels starting as low as 2500 feet on Monday night. A stronger but warmer storm is also forecast for Wednesday night into Thursday, with another potential winter storm for the weekend.

If you live in the foothills region, you’ve probably heard a lot of construction crews lately – that’s because the Department of Public Works is clearing out debris from the elaborate system of debris dams and drainage ditches in the area, many of which have not been emptied for quite some time.

If there are significant rains, the Angeles Forest Highway and Angeles Crest Highways, which just re-opened, are likely to close during or after the weather event. If you’re headed into the area, be sure to check the DPW Road Closures Site before you get in the car.

I’m excited to get some snow in the mountains, and the ecosystem here could definitely use some rain – but everyone keep your fingers crossed for the Station Fire Burn Area. Big mudslides next week would not only be bad for the nearby homeowners, but would also probably push the Forest’s reopening even later on the calendar.

Image by Todd Jones Photography.

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