‘Atmospheric River’ Headed to Bay Area, May Bring Light Rain to SoCal by Weekend

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More rain is on its way to California this week, continuing the state’s late-season run of storms, the National Weather Service said.

Pedestrians at USC carry umbrellas during a March 22, 2018, storm in Los Angeles. (Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

Pedestrians at USC carry umbrellas during a March 22, 2018, storm in Los Angeles. (Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

Starting Thursday, forecasters said, an atmospheric river swollen with subtropical moisture will arrive in the Bay Area, where it could dump up to 6 inches of rain in the coastal mountains before it flows south toward Los Angeles.

It’s due to arrive in Southern California by Friday night and could produce up to a third of an inch of rain through Saturday in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties, said meteorologist Tom Fisher.

“None of it will be showery or heavy,” Fisher said.

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