High tides from a huge Pacific swell -- ranging from 4 to 12 feet -- will be slamming into west-facing beaches throughout the weekend.
But the rough weather conditions should be restricted to the shorelines, where high tides could create hazards, AccuWeather senior meteorologist Ken Clark said.
Forecasters expect mostly cloudy conditions for most of today, with rain expected to hit the area tonight. Clark said less than an inch is anticipated.
Sunday's forecast includes a few episodes of rain during the day.
The stormy weather will
Sunday's high will be 62 to 66 degrees, Clark said.
The first of what could be four successive cold fronts coming off the Pacific reached the area Wednesday.
Rain drenched the South Bay for much of Friday, leaving drivers to face wet commutes in the morning and again during the evening rush hour.
As of 4 p.m., Hawthorne saw 0.39 inches of rain; Los Angeles International Airport, 0.67 inches; Redondo Beach, 0.39 inches; Torrance, 0.17 inches; and downtown Los Angeles, 0.47 inches, according to 24-hour totals from the National Weather Service.
Through Sunday night, the storms are expected to produce a quarter to three-quarters of an inch of rain in coastal and valley areas, and from three-quarters of an inch to 1.5 inches in the foothills and mountains, forecasters said.
The snow level, meanwhile, will remain high - above 8,000 feet.
A high surf advisory that went into effect at 6 a.m. Wednesday will remain in force until 10 p.m. Sunday in Los Angeles County and until 1 p.m. Monday in Orange County, where waves of up to 12 feet are possible, forecasters said.
The surf conditions are being generated by two storms - one in the north-central Pacific, and the other in the eastern Pacific.
"Surf and swell conditions will be hazardous to anyone entering the water this weekend, with dangerous rip current expected," a NWS advisory warned. "Minor beach erosion and localized flooding of low-lying areas may also occur."
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