A light rain’s gonna fall

first_imgCommuters flipped on long-unused windshield wipers this morning as much-anticipated rain began to fall. The National Weather Service forecast a chance of rain this morning and says it’s all but certain this afternoon and news reports found wet skies from Ventura County to the Antelope Valley, extending all the way south to Camp Pendleton. Though the weather service expects just a quarter-inch to half an inch of rain, there’s a flash flood watch in affect between 9 a.m. and tonight for fire-affected areas. Temperatures should be chilly, as well, with highs in the 60s during the day and lows close to 50 degrees overnight. “There’s just a huge load of calls going right now,” said California Highway Patrol Officer Jose Nuñez. “It’s almost too busy. We can’t say for certain yet, but it’s most likely that they’re from the rain.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings The most significant snarl came on the eastbound Foothill Freeway near the Pasadena tunnel, where a big rig overturned and dropped its load at 6:40 a.m. The wreck closed at least one lane as drivers shuttled around the crushed wood pallets. By 8:30 a.m., all lanes were clear of debris. The CHP also reported a lane closure on the northbound Hollywood Freeway’s Magnolia Boulevard onramp at 6:25 a.m., but expected it to reopen within an hour. To the south, another tractor-trailer went out of control before dawn, blocking all lanes of the Golden State Freeway near Santa Ana for hours. The wreck drew in several cars and backed up the freeway for miles hours after the crash. A suicidal person also threatened to leap off a bridge onto the Pasadena Freeway in Highland Park, shutting down traffic as crews deployed negotiators. They talked the potential jumper off the bridge, allowing the freeway to reopen after a several hour delay. Though the forecast calls for light precipitation, NWS says the rain gauge could get up to 2 inches. It’s much needed in the Los Angeles area, which hasn’t seen sprinkles since Oct. 12. The chance of rain drops to 50 percent tonight, then forecasters expect the pitter-patter to putter out by Sunday, when it should be mostly sunny.last_img read more