Residents living near burn areas fear potential flooding, mudslides

The first major winter storm of the season brought heavy rain and snow into Southern California. But many residents living near burn areas are preparing for any potential flooding. 

A flood advisory was issued Wednesday morning for parts of Los Angeles County.

National Weather Service meteorologists forecast between 1 and 2 inches of rain along the coast and in valleys, 2 to 4 inches in the mountains and foothills, 6 to 12 inches of snow in most mountain locations but between 12 and 24 inches in the San Gabriel Mountains.

They warned of “significant holiday travel delays and road closures, major snow impacts, roadway flooding at lower elevations, significant flight delays, possible flash floods and debris flows over recent burn areas, and Hazardous road conditions.

With heavy rainfall rates, flooding of roadways and low lying areas will be common. Minor mud and debris flows will be possible in and around the recent burn areas, including the Saddleridge, Tick, Getty and Woolsey burn areas.

Meteorologists say some locations that will experience flooding include Long Beach, Malibu, Rancho Palos Verdes, Van Nuys, and Whittier.

Mario Ramirez contributed to this report