A cold Pacific storm out of the Gulf of Alaska brought Southern California rain and snow today, and forecasters said a second weather system would do the same Friday and Saturday.
By sunrise, the brunt of the storm was already east and south of the Greater Los Angeles area, but National Weather Service meteorologists said there would be scattered showers today.
Between three and six inches of snow was expected to accumulate above 5,000 feet, and between one and three inches between 4,000 and 5,000 feet, forecasters said.
Also expected were winds of between 15 and 25 miles per hour, gusting to 35 mph, according to the NWS.
"There will be lingering showers and snow showers around the San Gabriel mountains through early this evening while most areas will begin to dry out tonight into early Friday,'' according to an NWS advisory.
A second cold front, similar to the one that arrived Wednesday night, is expected to reach San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties late Friday morning or early in the afternoon, then spread southeast into Ventura and L.A. counties in the evening, lingering into Saturday morning, according to the NWS. The system's heaviest rain will fall in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.
The current storm and the one on its way are each expected to generally produce between a quarter-inch and a half-inch of rain in coastal and valley areas and between a half-inch and an inch in the mountains and foothills.
Today's temperatures in the Greater L.A. area were expected to be in the low 60s.