Showery Conditions Continue Into Weekend; New Storm Expected Next Week

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A day after a powerful storm that left at least four people dead wreaked havoc across the Southland, showery conditions are expected to continue into Saturday night, the National Weather Service reported.

A rainstorm hits downtown Los Angeles on Feb. 17, 2017. (Credit: Gary Coronado/Los Angeles Times)

A rainstorm hits downtown Los Angeles on Feb. 17, 2017. (Credit: Gary Coronado/Los Angeles Times)

Showers are expected on and off throughout the day.

Forecasters predict a brief drying period Sunday before another storm system moves in through the middle of next week.

A winter storm warning and a flash flood watch is in effect until 11 a.m. in the Los Angeles County mountain areas, the weather service reported.

Rain and snow showers are expected in those areas, along with a slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon.

Mud cakes a street in Duarte on Feb. 18, 2017 after a winter storm slammed the area. (Credit: KTLA)

Mud cakes a street in Duarte on Feb. 18, 2017 after a winter storm slammed the area. (Credit: KTLA)

Mandatory evacuation orders in the Fish Fire burn area of Duarte were lifted Saturday, officials tweeted. K-rails set up at the top of Mel Canyon breached during the storm Friday, but most of the mud was contained, Darrell George, Duarte's city manager said. Clean up in that area was underway Saturday.

Strong winds left thousands of residents without power Friday and as of 6 a.m. Saturday, 57,318 Los Angeles Department of Water and Power customers remain without electricity, officials said.

Crews are working to restore power throughout the city.

The recent storm brought about 3 inches of snow in the mountain areas, and the snow level dropped to 4,500 and 5,000 feet, according to the agency.

Friday’s storm, considered the biggest one to hit the area in years, downed trees and power lines, caused major flooding and mudslides, and claimed the lives of at least four people.

Two passengers died in separate crashes on the 15 Freeway in Mira Mesa and City Heights on Friday, the Los Angeles Times reported. California Highway Patrol Officer Jake Sanchez told the Times that the drivers in the crashes were suspected of driving too fast on the rain-slicked roadway.

A man died after suffering an electrical shock when power lines fell onto his vehicle in the San Fernando Valley Friday.

A body was discovered inside a submerged vehicle in Victorville during a swift-water rescue, but it is unclear exactly how the person died.

Crews assess the damage of a sinkhole in Studio City on Feb. 18, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

Crews assess the damage of a sinkhole in Studio City on Feb. 18, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

In Studio City, a woman was rescued after two vehicles fell into a water-filled sinkhole. Crews were eventually able to pull out both vehicles from the hole. Crews were working to assess the damage of the hole and officials hope to be able to reopen Laurel Canyon Boulevard Saturday.

Heavy rain and flooding shut down the 5 Freeway in Sun Valley and the 110 Freeway in South Los Angeles Friday night.

The southbound side of the the 5 Freeway remains shut down in Sun Valley Saturday, but all northbound lanes are opened, the CHP reported. The 110 reopened, as did the 5 at Cesar Chavez Avenue where it was also closed Friday.

The 101 Freeway was also closed north of Ventura during Friday's torrential storm after mud flowed onto the roadway. The roadway was reopened Saturday morning, officials tweeted.

Also Friday, a San Bernardino County Fire Department fire engine was hanging off the edge of the southbound side of the 15 Freeway in the Cajon pass and fell over, but no one was injured, officials tweeted.

Some areas of the San Fernando Valley got more 4 inches of rain in the last 24 hours, while downtown Los Angeles received about 2 inches, according to the weather service. Mount Baldy in the Angeles National Forest received about 4-and-a-half inches of rain.

In Ventura County, areas in Oxnard got about 4 to 5 inches of rain, while some of the eastern areas almost 6 inches.

A San Bernardino County plunged over side of southbound Interstate 15 in Cajon Pass on Feb. 18, 2017. (Credit: Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times)

A San Bernardino County plunged over side of southbound Interstate 15 in Cajon Pass on Feb. 18, 2017. (Credit: Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times)