Showers, heavy at times, expected into Tuesday

Saturday's heavy rain has moved on, to be followed by showers and cooler temperatures that could continue into Tuesday.

"The heaviest cell of rain has passed," National Weather Service Meteorologist Todd Hall said. "There will be showers, heavy at times, through the weekend into Tuesday."

Saturday's storm from the Gulf of Alaska tapped into a sub-tropic band of moisture that stretched to Hawaii, he said. That amplified the moisture and kept temperatures warmer.

Now the colder Alaskan air is pushing through and highs in the coming days will be in the mid-to-upper 50s, Hall said.

A High Surf Advisory remains until 11 a.m. Monday and a Flash Flood Watch will remain in the burn areas of Los Angeles County through 7 a.m. Monday, he said. The possibility of flash floods remained due to the possibility of heavy showers.

Saturday's storm activity brought heavy rain and winds, shutting down roads and freeways, threatening mud and debris flows in recent burn areas and prompting a flash flood warning for parts of Los Angeles and Orange counties.

Coastal and valley areas received more than 1 inch of rain per hour during peak rainfall, according to the NWS.

In the recent Woolsey Fire burn area, officials issued mandatory evacuation orders for Seminole Springs Mobile Home Estates in Agoura Hills and Paseo Canyon Malibu West in Malibu.

The city of Burbank issued voluntary evacuation orders for residents of Country Club Drive above Via Montana, beginning at 5 a.m. Saturday and continuing through at least 4 p.m. By Saturday afternoon, Walnut Avenue east of Sunset Canyon, and Harvard Road east of Bel Aire Drive, were closed to all
except residents.

Authorities lifted all evacuation orders for the Woolsey fire zone and for Burbank around 5 p.m.

The 5 Freeway was closed in both directions for a few hours Saturday at Sheldon Street in Sun Valley due to flooding. The southbound I-5 was reopened at 12:04 a.m. Sunday.

Freeway flooding at least three feet deep forced the CHP to temporarily shut down the transition road from the Harbor (110) Freeway to the Hollywood (101) Freeway Saturday evening and issue a SigAlert. It was cancelled about 11:30 p.m.

Several Malibu roads were closed during the storm. As of 1 a.m. today, Pacific Coast Highway was closed from Broad Beach Street to Las Posas Road and Malibu Canyon Road was closed from Piuma Road to the Malibu city limits, the CHP and Malibu Los Hills sheriff's station said. Other closures were: Kanan Road from Cavalleri Road to Mulholland Highway, Mulholland Highway to Decker Canyon Road and Lindero Canyon Road northbound at Thousand Oaks Boulevard.

Trabuco Canyon Road at Trabuco Creek was shut down due to a flash flood warning and. road closures were ordered at Trabuco Canyon and Rose Canyon roads and Trabuco Canyon at Plano Trabuco roads. All of those roadways were reopened by 9 p.m., officials said.

Orange County sheriff's also issued mandatory evacuation orders for the residents within the Trabuco Creek area. However, Orange county sheriff's lifted all evacuation orders in Orange County about 7 p.m.

Trabuco is a small unincorporated area in the foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains, just north of Rancho Santa Margarita.

In Anaheim, a family of three narrowly escaped serious injuries Saturday when a tree toppled over their car as they were driving, a fire chief said. The oak tree fell as the family was heading south on Loara Street near Crone Avenue about 1:40 p.m., Anaheim Battalion Chief Kevin Stewart said.

A man, his pregnant wife and an elderly female relative were inside the car. The man and his wife made their way out of the car but the other woman was trapped inside the vehicle for about 10 minutes, Stewart said.

"We had to cut away some limbs to get her out of the vehicle," Stewart continued. "She suffered some minor injuries but was not transported to a hospital. The pregnant woman was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital for a checkup."

"Given 1-3 inches of rain across (parts of Southern California) roughly 48 hours ago, along with the presence of a few recent burn scars, flash flooding, mudslides and debris flows appear likely," the NWS said earlier.

"This is a very dangerous situation for the terrain of Southern California sensitive to heavy rain impacts."

Caltrans tweeted: "Do not try to pass through flood waters. 6 inches of fast-moving flood water can knock over an adult, 12 inches of rushing water will carry away a small car, and 2 feet of rushing water will carry away most vehicles. Be smart. Be safe."

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power tweeted at 1:17 p.m. that crews were working on restoring power in many areas of the city, including Hollywood, mid-Wilshire, Brentwood, San Pedro, Toluca Lake, Reseda and Studio City.

Los Angeles Fire Department officials reported the evacuation of two homes on Courtney Avenue in the Hollywood Hills due to mud flow, pending a new assessment by city inspectors. The homes previously were yellow tagged from a Jan. 17 mudslide.

Downed trees were reported in Toluca Lake, Laguna Beach and Glendale; some cars were damaged, but no injuries were reported.

A winter storm warning was in effect through tonight for the Los Angeles County mountains, excluding the Santa Monica Range.

The snow level was expected to be at 7,000 to 7,500 feet through Saturday morning and drop to around 6,000 feet by evening, to between 5,000 and 5,500 feet today, according to an NWS statement.

The California Highway Patrol issued a wind advisory for the Golden State Freeway from Lake Hughes to State Route 138.

The bad weather was blamed for two vehicle accidents on the northbound 5 Freeway at Pyramid Lake, near the L.A. County-Kern County line, which sent nine people to the hospital and claimed the life of a search-and-rescue team member with the Ventura County Sheriff's Department.

CNS contributed to this report.