Rain, “strongest winds in over a decade”

A NATIONAL Weather Service statement predicts along with heavy rain for Los Angeles on Wednesday January 20, 2010 “the strongest winds in over a decade.”

From the report: “The heaviest rainfall will spread into the area between 10 am and 8 pm on Wednesday. Rainfall rates will range from three-quarters of an inch to one inch per hour with local rates up to 1.50 inches per hour across south-facing slopes. Total rainfall accumulations will range from one inch to two inches over coasts and valleys with two to four inches in the mountains. Local amounts up to five inches are possible along south-facing slopes.

With the amount of instability with this system there is a high potential for strong thunderstorms to develop on Wednesday and Wednesday night. Some of the thunderstorms may produce hail, wind gusts in excess of 60 mph and torrential downpours.

Atmospheric conditions will also be favorable

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