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More rain is in the forecast this weekend as back-to-back storms are expected to bring rain and possible thunderstorms to the Southern California area, according to the National Weather Service.

Pedestrians walk in the rain in downtown Los Angeles on Dec. 30, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

Pedestrians walk in the rain in downtown Los Angeles on Dec. 30, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

Rain was reported throughout Los Angeles County Friday morning, but the bulk of the first storm's rain and thunderstorms are expected over Ventura County, the weather service reported. A second storm could impact travel plans as snow levels drop in elevation.

Most of Los Angeles and Ventura counties will see a quarter to a half-inch of rain, the weather service reported.

The rain will also bring cooler temperatures to the valleys and coastal areas.

Two significant crashes were reported Friday as the rain slicked local roads.

A fatal crash occurred about 5:50 a.m. in Diamond Bar at the 60 Freeway ramp to the southbound 57 Freeway, the Los Angeles Times reported.

One person was killed in the crashed and the carpool lane was blocked for more than two hours, according to the California Highway Patrol.

In another crash, a big rig struck a pole on the ramp from the 60 Freeway to the northbound 605 Freeway in Avocado Heights. Officials closed the ramp during the clean up, the Times reported.

The first storm will subside Friday evening, but a second one is expected to come at its heels early Saturday.

A winter weather advisory will begin Saturday morning into just before Sunday morning.

The second storm will lower snow levels and could impact travel with possible road closures across local mountains, including the 5 Freeway near the Grapevine, according to the weather service.

Colder and drier conditions are expected New Years Day and into early next week, the agency reported.