Flash flood watch in effect as monsoonal thunderstorms hit parts of the Southland

Forecasters are predicting the possibility of monsoon showers and thunderstorms in areas of southern California Sunday night, with heavy rain already falling in the San Bernardino Mountains and the high desert.

Areas south of Big Bear got 1.3 inches of rainfall on Sunday, and there were downpours in eastern Antelope Valley, weather forecasters said. A flash flood watch was in effect in the mountains of Los Angeles and Ventura County and in the Santa Clarita and Antelope Valleys through 10 p.m. Sunday.

“This is our monsoon season,” said Dan Gregoria, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in San Diego. “But the moisture levels are really high for this region right now.”

A few isolated showers — but fewer than Sunday’s — are likely to continue through at least Monday, particularly in the mountains and deserts, according to the National Weather Service.

In Yucaipa, 10 miles east of San Bernardino, flooding and debris flows blocked Highway 38 near Angelus Oaks early Sunday morning, California Highway Patrol Officer Jacob Grieda said.

More than 20 cars got stuck in the mud overnight, and the drivers were assisted by officials and CalTrans officials. That portion of Highway 38 is expected to remain closed until at least Monday morning, Grieda said.

Hot and muggy weather is expected to continue throughout the week in the Southland, with highs in the mid-80s closer to the coast and into the 90s inland.

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-07-31/flash-flood-watch-in-effect-as-monsoonal-thunderstorms-hit-parts-of-the-southland Flash flood watch in effect as monsoonal thunderstorms hit parts of the Southland

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