April storm brings heavy rain to SoCal, prompts evacuation warning in some Riverside County burn areas

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A powerful April storm is making for a wet commute Monday morning and prompted officials to issue an evacuation warning for some Riverside County burn areas.

Light showers began to fall on the region Sunday but intensified overnight. By 5:30 a.m., multiple SigAlerts had been issued to clear vehicles that crashed on the rain-slick freeways.

Officials issued an evacuation warning Sunday afternoon for some Holy Fire burn area residents.

The warning included the Glen Eden and Grace Korean Church areas in Indian Canyon.

Updated information can be found on the rivcoready.org website.

In neighboring Orange County, wind and rain ripped down a tree about 30 feet to the ground, according to the O.C. Sheriff’s Department’s Mission Viejo station. Official warned that northbound traffic along Los Alisos, south of Entidad, would be impacted.

The late-season storm will continue to impact Southern California through the day Monday and beyond, the National Weather Service stated.

Forecasters are calling for 1 to 2 inches of rain, with about 3 inches falling in the local mountains Monday. Some San Gabriel mountain areas could see up to 5 inches of rain, according to the Weather Service.

A slight chance of thunderstorms and gusty 45 to 55 mph winds are also being predicted.

Drivers were warned to be on the lookout for flooded roads and possible mud or debris flows including in parts of Riverside, Orange and L.A. Counties. In Hollywood Hills, rain sent some debris flowing into the backyard of a single-story home.

Those traveling in the mountains should be sure to bring chains as heavy snowfall is expected.

A winter storm warning was issued for Riverside and San Bernardino mountain areas above 5,500 feet through Thursday.

Scattered showers are expected to linger across Southern California until Wednesday or Thursday.

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