Light rain generated by the first of four successive storms expected this week hit the Southland today -- triggering a spike in road accidents -- as high surf began pounding the coastline, creating dangerous rip currents.
Southern California will experience wet weather through Sunday night,
National Weather Service forecasters said.
Baldwin Park will have cloudy conditions with a few showers. High temperature will be 68 Farenheit, winds light and variable. Chances of rain are 50%.
"On Friday, one system will sweep across the area, followed by a second on Saturday, then a third system on Sunday, '' according to an NWS advisory.
According to the California Highway Patrol, there were 188 accidents between midnight and 8:30 a.m. Thursday on L.A. County freeways, compared with 36 accidents during that time frame a week ago, when it did not rain.
Between today and Sunday night, the storms are expected to produce between a quarter and three-quarters of an inch of rain in coastal and valley areas, and between three-quarters of an inch and 1.5 inches in the foothills and mountains, NWS forecasters said. The snow level, meanwhile, will remain high -- above 8,000 feet.
Temperatures highs, meanwhile, generally will be in the mid-60s today and throughout the rainy period, rise a few degrees Monday amid dry weather and partly cloudy skies, then revert to springtime levels Tuesday, reaching the mid-70s under bright sunshine throughout the Greater L.A. area.