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Easter weekend storm hits Southern California with rain, mountain snow

LOS ANGELES — A storm hit Southern California over Easter weekend, bringing more rain and mountain snow to an area already wet from winter weather.

LOS ANGELES — A storm hit Southern California over Easter weekend, bringing more rain and mountain snow to an area already wet from winter weather.

The slow-moving storm was expected to bring 1 to 3 inches of rain, along with up to 2 feet of snow in the mountains above 6,000 feet by Monday.

The National Weather Service’s office in Oxnard had not received any reports of major flooding or mudslides by midday Saturday, but forecasters issued a flood watch through Sunday afternoon in parts of San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles counties.

Ryan Kittell, a weather service meteorologist, said the weekend’s storm is typical for March, but it was not an atmospheric river like many of the others that have hit California in recent winters.

The storm departed the San Francisco Bay Area on Friday and “traveled down the California coast” overnight, bringing most of the rainfall to the Los Angeles area, Kittell said.

The storm then lingered over the region, where it is expected to remain until Sunday night or Monday. Showers and possible thunderstorms, along with potential for damaging winds and a tornado, are predicted during that time period.

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