Sunny skies coming midweek after light rain falls on Southern California
Light rain fell in Los Angeles County and in the higher elevations of Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties on Monday, Jan. 17, ahead of a warming trend that will lift the high temperatures about 10 degrees into the mid-70s through much of the region beginning Wednesday.
The National Weather Service pegged the chance of rain into Tuesday evening at 30% to 50%. After that, no rain is in the forecast through at least Sunday, with cloud cover giving way to sunny skies by Wednesday afternoon.
During the 24 hours ending Monday at 9 a.m., downtown L.A. received a region-high 0.17 inches of rain.
Leo Carrillo State Beach absorbed 0.11, Northridge had 0.09 inches and Pasadena collected 0.07 inches. Santiago Peak in Orange County got 0.16 inches, while the San Timoteo Landfill station in San Bernardino County received 0.15 inches and the Moreno Valley-Clark station reported 0.12 inches.
The weather was tame compared to the storm that was pummeling Southern California on this date in 1993, when it rained from Jan. 2 to Jan. 19, the weather service said. The storm resulted in widespread flooding in Canyon Lake, Lake Elsinore, Murrieta and Temecula. In Murrieta, almost 500 people were stranded or evacuated. A weak tornado touched down in Lake Forest, inflicting minor damage to 31 homes and uprooting several trees, the weather service said.