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Rains rolls into SoCal just in time for rush-hour commute

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Rain was drenching the Southland on Thursday morning, with the heaviest downfall expected during the rush-hour commute.

The rare May rainstorm moved into northern Los Angeles County around 3:30 a.m., with areas farther south – such as Orange County, the Inland Empire and the mountains – still dry. Showers are expected to move into those areas later in the morning.

“We’ll continue to see this slow mover, but it is coming in a little bit earlier than expected,” Eyewitness News Meteorologist Leslie Lopez said. “I think by the time we’re heading into the 5 o’clock hour, most areas in Los Angeles should be receiving some showers, and then slowly it will spill into the Inland Empire and then into Orange County.”

A flood advisory was issued for areas of Ventura and Santa Barbara.

One-fourth inches of rain are on tap, along with gusty winds, in L.A. and Orange counties. A high of 68 is expected as some sunshine enters later in the day.

Rain in the Valleys and Inland Empire will be between one-fourth to one-half inch. Highs around 69 with partly sunny skies are expected.

Rain-slick roads were expected to slow down drivers across Southern California.

“Started noticing some light moisture through the San Fernando Valley and now it’s a bit thicker this morning in terms of the rainfall. Good chance (California Highway Patrol) is gonna be very busy this morning. Slow down, use some common sense – roads are gonna be slick” Eyewitness News reporter Marc Cota-Robles said while traveling on the 101 Freeway near Calabasas.

Light drizzle was falling in Malibu, where business and homeowners were bracing for mudslides in the burn areas. Eyewitness News reporter John Gregory said new vegetation was expected to deter mudslides in the burn areas, which hadn’t seen heavy rain in weeks.

“The National Weather Service is saying we could see some minor mudslides, some minor mudflows. Keep in mind, we had all that rain over the winter, we saw a lot of growth on those hillsides, those burned hillsides. That should help hold things in place,” Gregory said. “But it’s Malibu, we see rockslides up here all the time, so that sort of thing could still happen.

The system is expected to move out of the region around 10 a.m.

Another round of rain could soak Southern California on Sunday.

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