A cold Pacific storm out of the Gulf of Alaska brought Southern California rain and snow Thursday, and forecasters said a second weather system would do the same Friday and Saturday.
By sunrise, the brunt of the storm was already east and south of the Greater Los Angeles area, but National Weather Service meteorologists said there would be scattered showers Thursday.
"There will be lingering showers and snow showers around the San Gabriel mountains through early this evening while most areas will begin to dry out tonight into early Friday," according to an NWS advisory.
A second cold front, similar to the one that arrived Wednesday night, is expected to reach San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties late Friday morning or early in the afternoon, then spread southeast into Ventura and L.A. counties in the evening, lingering into Saturday morning, according to the NWS. The system's heaviest rain will fall in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.
The current storm and the one on its way are each expected to generally produce between a quarter-inch and a half-inch of rain in coastal and valley areas and between a half-inch and an inch in the mountains and foothills.
In preparation for the storm, the city of Redondo Beach is making sand and bags available for residents. Residents can fill up sandbags at the City Yard in South Redondo Beach (across the street from 545 N. Gertruda Ave.) and at Fire Station No. 2 at 2400 Grant Ave. in North Redondo Beach.
Sand, bags and a scoop will be provided. Call the Redondo Beach Public Works Department at 310-318-0686 with questions.
Thursday's temperatures in Redondo Beach were expected to be in the low 60s.