Southern California rain forecast: Storm brings wet weather, snow to region

A significant storm moved across Southern California Tuesday, dousing much of the region with light rain overnight and continued off-and-on through the day, but the forecast of more significant downpours has already prompted evacuation orders due to possible debris flows.

"Travel could be very difficult. Very strong winds could cause extensive tree damage," according to the National Weather Service.

A flood watch will be in effect through Tuesday evening in the Los Angeles County mountains, Antelope Valley, Santa Clarita Valley and San Gabriel Valley, with forecasters warning of flash flooding, debris flows and rockslides in recent burn scars.

In Orange County, a flash flood watch was in effect through Wednesday morning for the Bond Fire burn area. A flood watch was in place for coastal areas before expiring Wednesday morning.

Much of Orange County was under a wind advisory Tuesday, with 20 to 30 mph winds expected, along with isolated gusts up to 45 mph.

Los Angeles County mountains was also be under a winter storm warning from 4 a.m. Tuesday through 10 a.m. Wednesday, although snow is expected to be restricted to higher elevations, with up to 20 inches possible in areas above 7,000 feet. Little to no accumulation is anticipated below 5,000 feet, forecasters said.

Mountaintop winds could reach up to 70 mph, according to the NWS.

Due to the wet weather, Knott's Berry Farm was closed Tuesday.

The wet weather will be accompanied by chillier days and nights. Daytime temperatures are expected to drop into the low 60s in the valleys and the downtown Los Angeles area through Wednesday, with lows in the 40s Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Wednesday's highs are only expected to reach 58 in Pasadena and Santa Clarita and 53 in Lancaster.

The Antelope Valley will see overnight temperatures below freezing level later this week, with lows of 33, 30 and 31 degrees expected Wednesday through Friday.

A drying and warming trend is expected by later in the week.