Rain Brings Mudslide Concerns, Traffic Delays to Southern California

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Another round of rain arrived Wednesday morning, bringing a renewed threat of mudslides in burn areas and traffic delays for morning commuters across Southern California. The storm has been mainly affecting Central California in recent days, but it has since moved south and is expected to bring between .75 and 1.5 inches of rain to most areas. Up to 3 inches of rain is possible over the eastern San Gabriel Mountains, according to the National Weather Service. A flash flood watch has been issued for recently burned sites in Los Angeles County — including the Saddleridge, Tick and Getty fire burn areas — from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday. Flash flood watches were also in place for San Bernardino, Riverside and Orange counties until 6 p.m. Radar imagery showed heavy downpours falling across the Southland during the early morning hours. Officials are concerned the heavy showers could lead to possible flooding and debris flows in the burn areas. Residents in these danger areas are being asked to stay alert and stay safe. The showers were already affecting the commute early Wednesday morning. A big rig crashed on the northbound 710 Freeway transition to the 60 Freeway and came to rest hanging over the connector bridge about 4 a.m. The wreck was slowing traffic in the area as crews worked to clear the scene. A SigAlert was also issued for drivers on the southbound 5 Freeway at Roxford Street. A couple of big rigs were reported to be involved in a crash there. Multiple vehicles were involved in a collision on the southbound 101 Freeway at Lankershim Boulevard. Heavy delays were impacting traffic exiting Studio City and North Hollywood just before 6 a.m. Warmer temperatures associated with Wednesday’s storm are expected to keep snow levels near the 7,000-foot level. About 3 to 6 inches of snow is possible for local resorts, according to the Weather Service. Drier skies are expected to return on Thursday but forecasters say another storm could hit the region Friday night into Saturday.

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