Prior to the storm’s arrival, the weather service warned that thunderstorms could bring brief heavy downpours and small hail across the region. Ventura County, along with San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties, could receive .10 to .75 inch of rain, forecasters said. Los Angeles was expected to get less at .01 to .25 inch. Snow levels can drop to 5,000 to 6,000 feet, possibly falling to 4,000 feet on Thursday morning. That can affect traffic on the Interstate 5 over the Grapevine, forecasters warned. The damp kickoff to spring follows the announcement that California, which experienced a very wet winter, is free of drought for the first time since 2011.
Scattered showers and thunderstorms will continue through this evening across SW California. There have been some flooding reports across southern L.A. County this afternoon including Compton and Gardena. Plenty of small hail reports as well. #cawx #LArain. pic.twitter.com/9Eu1qznpUK— NWS Los Angeles (@NWSLosAngeles) March 20, 2019
UPDATE: NB 710 at Long Beach Blvd – the right lane is blocked due to flooding. Also the NB 710 connector to EB Route 91 is closed due to flooding. Duration is unknown.— Caltrans District 7 (@CaltransDist7) March 21, 2019
WB and EB 91 connectors to SB 710 are open. https://t.co/Z93QF15rnE