Hail, Snow and Rain Continue After Weekend Downpours Break Records, Prompt Evacuations

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After a record-breaking day of rainfall Sunday, Southern California was beginning the week with more challenging weather, with rain continuing to fall and some places seeing heavy hail and snow.

A Huntington Beach police officer diverts a pickup driver while a tow truck operator hooks up chains to rescue a family from the middle of flooded Heil Ave. (Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

A Huntington Beach police officer diverts a pickup driver while a tow truck operator hooks up chains to rescue a family from the middle of flooded Heil Ave. (Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

Forecasters predicted isolated heavy downpours, possible thunderstorms and heavy snowfall in the local mountains. By night, Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency stemming from the severe winter storms for counties across California including Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Diego, San Luis Obispo and Kern counties.

Flash flood watches remain in effect for most of Southern California while mountain areas continue to be under a winter storm warning, according to the National Weather Service.

KTLA viewers across the region documented the storm's effects, sending in photos and video of hail falling in Irvine, Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, Placentia and Trabuco Canyon in Orange County.

In Los Angeles County, locations as distant and Castaic, Camarillo, Inglewood and Norwalk saw hail.

Lightning and thunder accompanied heavy hail that pounded Rialto in the middle of the day, leaving a snow-like layer on streets.

Meanwhile, actual snow fell mid-morning in the Antelope Valley, from Acton to Lancaster.

Heavy mud flows in Duarte led officials to issue mandatory evacuations below the Fish Fire area Sunday. The city said 180 homes were affected, and the order remained in place until about 2 p.m. Monday.

Only residents with an ID will be allowed past road closures between 2 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Mandatory evacuations were also in place Sunday for Sand Canyon residents impacted by the Sand Fire in Santa Clarita, but those orders were set to be lifted at 10 a.m. Monday. Residents wanting to return to the area need to show a valid ID, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

A mud and rock slide forced the closure of Topanga Canyon Boulevard near Old Topanga Canyon Road. Caltrans officials tweeted out an image of a large boulder that was blocking the road Sunday.

Sunday’s storm broke an all-time record for rainfall in one day in Long Beach.

Camarillo and LAX also broke daily records Sunday for rainfall on Jan. 22, according to the weather service.

The rainfall flooded several city streets, including one in East Long Beach where a kayaker was recorded paddling through an intersection. Twitter user Kristina Rodgers shared video of the event with KTLA.

The cold temperatures associated with Monday’s storm are expected to drop snow levels to about 4,000 feet.

Snow may also fall on the Grapevine, possibly resulting in a closure of the 5 Freeway near the Tejon Pass, according to the weather service.

High surf is also being generated by the recent storms. The increased waves are expected to impact Southern California’s beaches through Tuesday.

In Long Beach, all coastal beaches were closed due to multiple sewage spills in the region that resulted from the 3.91 inches of rain that fell there Sunday, according to a press release from the city. Officials said beaches would open after testing results indicate the water is safe for swimming, but did not provide an exact date. Colorado Lagoon, Mother’s Beach and Alamitos Bay remain under a closure order issued Friday.

In Redondo Beach, video showed a large wave knocking people over who ventured out toward the break wall. No injuries were reported.

Forecasters are calling for the rain to exit Southern California Tuesday, leaving mostly clear skies by midweek.