A low-pressure system that began approaching Southern California Monday and unleashed its biggest volume of rainfall Tuesday morning. Overall he rain was welcomed with open arms for Southern California residents as the drought continues to choke the landscape.
On the other hand the rain did disrupt the morning commute and caused some flooding, National Weather Service forecasters said. Morning downpours caused havoc on freeways and streets. The 710 Freeway was closed in both direction in the Bell area due to flooding and an overturned big rig blocked traffic on the 210 Freeway in Pasadena. The heavy overnight rain caused ponding of water on streets and freeways ahead of the morning commute, with local flooding of low-lying areas and intersections. Heavy downpours may cause minor mud and debris flows in and around the recent burn areas.
As dawn neared, moderate to heavy rain was falling on L.A. County and parts of Ventura County, the NWS reported. Rainfall rates were generally between a fourth and a third of an inch per hour, a statement said, enough for the largest single-day rainfall total so far this year in downtown Los Angeles.
Record rainfall was reported for several locations in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. Downtown LA reported 1.75 inches and 1.28 inches were reported at LAX, setting records for the date.
Tuesday marked the third-wettest calendar day in any September since records began in 1877, according to the National Weather Service. The system’s main band of rain will hover over the region for a few days as showers are expected Wednesday morning.
Los Angeles County is generally expected to see between two-tenths and a half-inch of rain from this weather system, which is attributed to a low- pressure system combined with moisture from former tropical cyclone Linda, an NWS statement said, slightly reducing Monday’s volume projections. Hopefully the rain keeps coming!