Weather Warnings Issued for SoCal as More Rain Expected

The biggest storm in years packed a punch Friday and it may not let up until Sunday

By Jason Kandel and Samia Khan
|  Saturday, Mar 1, 2014  |  Updated 12:43 PM EDT
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Heavy pockets of rain were still expected Saturday as a strong system caused flash flood warnings in areas of Los Angeles County. NBC4 s Elita Loresca has the forecast for Saturday, March 1, 2014.

Heavy pockets of rain were still expected Saturday as a strong system caused flash flood warnings in areas of Los Angeles County. NBC4 s Elita Loresca has the forecast for Saturday, March 1, 2014.

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A Pacific storm continued to bring rain to Southern California Saturday, with conditions so severe in one area that the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning early Saturday.

"We are still looking at a very active weather day," NBC4 meteorologist Elita Loresca said. "I’d advise folks near the burn areas and just overall should remain vigilant and aware of flooding and mud in their areas. Don’t try to drive through these areas!"

A tornado warning was in effect from 3:19 a.m. to 4 a.m. for East Central Los Angeles County near Azusa and Pomona after the National Weather Service noticed a severe thunderstorm in the area capable of producing a tornado. No damage was reported.

A flash flood warning has been issued for the Madre, Colby, Madison and Williams burn areas of Los Angeles County until 8 a.m. Saturday. As of 6 a.m., the Doppler radar indicated very heavy rain moving into the burn areas, according to the NWS. Over one half inch per hour have been reported in nearby areas, which “will likely produce flash flooding and mud and debris flows in and around the burn areas.”

'Expected rain totals today aren’t going to be as much as yesterday, but still enough to cause problems, especially with the threat of thunderstorms," Loresca said Saturday morning. "Coasts and valleys should expect one to two inches, foothills and mountains should expect two to four inches of rain."

A Pacific storm Friday brought rain, thunder, and winds, wreaking havoc on Southern Californians who haven't seen anything like it in years.

About 1 to 2 inches of rain fell in much of the Los Angeles basin by Friday morning, with about 3 to 5 inches dousing mountain areas.

Snow levels were down to 5,500 feet by Saturday morning.

High surf lashed the Southern California coast and mudslides slammed foothill communities.

A high surf advisory is in effect until 5 p.m. Sunday.

A flash flood watch is in effect until 8 p.m. Saturday for Los Angeles County mountains, foothill areas coastal areas and valleys, as well as for Catalina Island.

A coastal flood advisory is in effect between 6 a.m. and noon Saturday and from 4 a.m. Saturday until 4 a.m. Monday for Orange County beaches.

There's a chance of showers and thunderstorms all day Saturday and into the night with temperatures in the 50s..

Sunday, it could be mostly cloudy with a chance of showers in the morning, then a slight chance of showers in the afternoon.

Temperatures could reach around 60.

A winter storm warning is in effect for big LA County mountains until 3 a.m. Sunday.

A high wind warning is in effect until 6 a.m. Saturday in the Coachella Valley. Winds of 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 45 mph are expected, with the strongest expected over higher terrain, according to the NWS.

The strongest storm to hit Southern California in about three years soaked much of the area with heavy rain Friday.

The storm sent waves of mud and debris cascading down recently burned mountainsides.

The weather forced evacuations and prompted school closures.

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