Scattered showers brought some much-needed rain to areas of Southern California on Thursday as a weak storm system moved in.
Drops were beginning to fall by early afternoon, KTLA viewers reported in parts of the San Fernando Valley.
The rain was spreading east into Ventura and Los Angeles counties from the Central Coast and was expected to hit Orange County and part of the Inland Empire by later in the afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.
Mostly small showers were expected though brief periods of heavy rainfall could be experienced, federal forecasters said.
By evening, the chance of precipitation was 90 percent in central Los Angeles, according to the weather service. Scattered showers were expected to taper off overnight, and on Friday in some locations.
Only a 1/4-inch or less of rainfall was expected to drop in most areas of L.A. and Ventura counties, with even less rain predicted from scattered showers in Orange County and western Riverside County.
Snow levels were expected to drop to 5,000 to 5,500 feet, resulting in some light snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches in the mountains of L.A. and Ventura counties, the weather service stated. A winter weather advisory predicting snow was issued for mountain in Riverside and San Bernardino counties.
Meanwhile, in the Inland Empire, a wind advisory was in effect through 6 p.m. Friday, with mountains and desert slopes especially affected. Winds were gusting up to 40 mph in some inland areas, the weather service stated.
Also Thursday, due to the impact on natural gas supplies triggered by extreme cold weather in much of the rest of the country, state authorities issued a FlexAlert.
Fuel supplies to Southern California power plants were being impacted by the natural gas shortage, but customers throughout the state were asked to reduce energy use from 1 to 10 p.m. Thursday.