L.A. to See Heaviest Rain in Time for Friday Rush Hour; ‘Afternoon Commute Is Going to Be a Mess,’ Forecaster Says

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Water partially flooded the 5 Freeway at Lankershim Boulevard as rain fell on Feb. 17, 2017. (Credit: @Luevano1/ Twitter)

A strong storm moving into the Southland on Friday will peak in the Los Angeles area in the afternoon and evening hours, right on time for the evening commute, according to the National Weather Service.

Santa Barbara and Ventura counties received rainfall rates of up to an inch an hour early Friday, forecasters said.

“The afternoon commute is going to be a mess,” said Kathy Hoxsie, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard. “Hopefully people can take a half day off. Being a Friday, I know a lot of people do that anyway. … The evening is shaping up to be nasty.”

The storm is likely the strongest to hit the region within the last six years, according to the weather service.

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