A storm swept in to parts of Southern California on Tuesday, but it was weaker than forecasters had predicted, allowing authorities to cancel mandatory evacuation order for neighborhoods near several wildfire burn scars.
The National Weather Service said the system didn’t come together as powerfully as forecast models had indicated. Rain intensities were below what was expected and were deemed unlikely to trigger debris flows, authorities said.
On Monday, Santa Barbara County had issued mandatory evacuation orders for areas designated as “extreme risk” in communities along its fire-scarred south coast and recommended evacuation of adjacent areas labeled “high risk.” Neighboring Ventura County called for voluntary evacuation of two areas north of Ojai Valley.
The warnings followed the disaster that struck Montecito when a Jan. 9 downpour unleashed debris flows from mountains burned bare last year by the largest wildfire in recorded California history.
Despite Tuesday’s weaker-than-expected storm, more wet weather was on its way to much of the Southland.
Forecasters predicted that Wednesday will be be partly cloudy with some sunshine. Showers likely will begin in the evening, according to the National Weather Service, and could continue into Saturday.
In Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties, rainfall from Wednesday night to Thursday could range from one-tenth to one-quarter of an inch near the coast and upwards of one-half to three-quarters of an inch in the mountains.
“Rainfall for Friday night into Saturday could be the same or a little less given the current guidance,” according to a National Weather Service forecast.
On Wednesday and Thursday, Los Angeles County may get half an inch of rainfall. Snow in Los Angeles County could appear at above 5,000 feet.
For most areas, temperatures were expected to be in the low-to-mid 60s during the day and mid-to-high 50s at night. Forecasters say the temperatures are lower than normal for the season.
In Anaheim on Wednesday , temperatures are expected to peak at 64 degrees and drop to 54 degrees at night. Coastal cities such Redondo Beach will be slightly cooler with a high of 61 degrees and low of 52. The temperatures forecast for inland San Bernadino is 61 degrees during the day and 48 at night. Temperatures will slightly fall after Wednesday through Saturday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report
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