The rain's not over -- a new storm is brewing for Southern California next week

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LOS ANGELES — Southern Californians should brace for more wet weather next week — a new storm is brewing in the region to cap off a historically wet month.

The National Weather Service predicts that another storm is coming between Sunday night and Monday night. It's not expected to be as significant as past storms, with the most likely result being between 0.25 and 1 inch of rain. There's about a 20% chance that the region could see 1 to 3 inches of rain.

Meanwhile, showers were tapering off in the region Wednesday, although they were expected to continue through the day in some parts, especially the eastern San Gabriel mountains, according to Ryan Kittell, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard.

As of 5 a.m. Pacific time Wednesday, 7.78 inches of rain had fallen in Topanga Canyon, 5.21 inches in Bel-Air, 3.67 inches in La Cañada Flintridge, 2.99 inches in Pasadena, 2.74 in Alhambra, 2.41 in Claremont, 2.26 inches in Burbank, 2.23 inches in Whittier and 1.74 inches at the Los Angeles International Airport.

A mudslide Wednesday morning closed a stretch of the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, from Corral Canyon and Latigo Canyon roads. A second slide reported by the Los Angeles Fire Department on Wednesday blocked Malibu Canyon Road at Piuma Road, closing both roads to traffic south from that point.

In Santa Barbara County, where rainfall totals were even higher than in L.A. County, 100-year-old palm trees that dot the Refugio State Beach have come crashing down during the storm.


Officials say that the back-to-back storms, years of beach erosion, high tides and saturated soils eventually caused the trees to be uprooted.

In Ventura County, video footage captured a funnel cloud swirling over the foothills in Santa Paula. The funnel clouds are caused by "vertical stretching" or "spin" in the atmosphere triggered by winds, KTLA News reported.

Funnel clouds are different from tornadoes in that tornadoes come in contact with both the base of the cloud and the ground at the same time.

Temperatures are expected to warm up over this week, with an offshore Santa Ana wind event forecast for Friday, according to Kittell. Temperatures could warm into the mid- to upper 70s by Friday and Saturday before dipping back into the 60s next week.


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