If it's not one thing, it's another. Yes, we've enjoyed a few days of sunshine, but they've been chilly days. The daytime highs barely reached 60, and the overnight lows approached the freezing mark.
A new record low temperature of only 10 degrees was set in Lancaster Friday morning, breaking the old record of 13 set back in 1984. The Studio City Weather Center recorded a crisp 36F at 6:23 AM Friday morning near the Hollywood Split.
Temperatures recovered on Friday with an abundance of sunshine, thanks to a small high pressure ridge that built in.
I truly hope you enjoyed the break, because a number of weather disturbances are lined up and headed for the California coastline, bringing the wet, unsettled pattern back to the region.
The first weak cold front is already moving down the central coast as of 7:00 PM Friday night. This system will not be that impressive at all, and more-likely-than-not will fall apart before it makes it to Los Angeles County.
Any rainfall that occurs will accumulate to less than a tenth of an inch, and many locations won't see any rainfall at all. It should clear out on Sunday, allowing for some sunshine to break through the cloud cover.
The next system will arrive early Christmas Eve and pack a little bit more of a punch. We're certainly not expecting heavy rain, but the rain that does fall should amount to about a half inch.
The front will clear the area late Monday night, allowing for more ideal travel conditions as people get where they need to go to celebrate the holiday.
Christmas Day should be dry, however clouds are expected to build towards the evening hours as the next weather system approaches.
It'll arrive on Wednesday, and a statement from the National Weather Service advised it looks to be the wettest of the three systems. Some locations could receive up to an inch of rain.
The wet/dry/wet pattern looks to continue, with another weather system approaching the area later in the week. More details will become clear as we move towards that timeframe.
On a Personal note...
From Grant Miles and the Studio City Weather Center, I send my prayers and wishes for a very Merry Christmas to you and your families!