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The sun was shining in Southern California on Sunday (December 26) after days of heavy rain, but forecasters warned against getting used to it as two more storms are expected to close out the year, meteorologists said.

The first storm is expected to bring light precipitation to the area, with the best chance of precipitation Monday afternoon and into Tuesday evening, said Elizabeth Schenk, a National Weather Service meteorologist in San Diego. There was also a chance for precipitation on Sunday evening.

Most of Orange County is expected to see one-third to one-half inch of rain, with higher totals in the Santa Ana Mountains of one-half to one-and-a-half inches of precipitation, Schenk said. Totals were expected to be slightly higher in the Inland Empire, which could see up to three-quarters of an inch.

Parts of Los Angeles County could see midweek totals of up to an inch, NWS meteorologist Kristan Lund said.

Snowfall of 4 to 8 inches was forecast at elevations above 4,000 feet and up to 16 inches above 6,500 feet, Schenk said. This could affect travel through Cajon Pass Monday evening through Tuesday as a few inches of snow was expected and could impact traffic.

The storm could also bring strong winds, with gusts in the mountains expected to reach more than 60 miles per hour, forecasters said.

  • A man sits under low cloud in Orange on Sunday, Dec. 26, 2021, as more storms are expected to end the year, meteorologists say. (Photo by Mindy Schauer, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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    Sun and clouds paint the sky over Orange County on Sunday, December 26, 2021 as storms are expected to close out the year. Rain and snowfall of 4 to 8 inches are forecast at elevations above 4,000 feet and up to 16 inches above 6,500 feet Monday through Tuesday. (Photo by Mindy Schauer, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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  • Sun and clouds paint the skies over Orange County on...

    Sun and clouds paint the sky over Orange County on Sunday, December 26, 2021 as storms are expected to close out the year. Snowfall of 4 to 8 inches is forecast at elevations above 4,000 feet and up to 16 inches above 6,500 feet Monday through Tuesday. (Photo by Mindy Schauer, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Sun and clouds paint the skies over Orange County on...

    Sun and clouds paint the sky over Orange County on Sunday, December 26, 2021 as storms are expected to close out the year. Snowfall of 4 to 8 inches is forecast at elevations above 4,000 feet and up to 16 inches above 6,500 feet Monday through Tuesday, with more thereafter. (Photo by Mindy Schauer, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Cold temperatures will continue in Southern California after the storm earlier this week, with the entire region struggling to reach highs in the 50s and temperatures in the 20s forecast for the mountains, Schenk said.

Another storm was expected to follow, possibly starting as early as Wednesday morning, although forecasters said that could change as it approaches.

“We’re in an extremely stormy configuration right now,” Schenk said. “This second could impact Southern California from Wednesday through Friday and it looks like it could produce greater amounts of rain.”

Populated areas in all four counties could see more than an inch and a half of rain and the foothills could see between 2 and 4 inches, Schenk said.

But the amount of precipitation in the region could depend on where the storm is heading, Lund said.

“If it’s near the coast, there will be a lot of rain in our grids,” Lund said. “But if it moves away from the coast, we will have much less rain.”

Forecasters predict more snow in the mountains, but said it was too early to predict how much it would fall, although Schenk said heavy snowfall was possible for areas like Big Bear and Wrightwood.

Everything is gearing up for what looks like a dry New Year’s Day, which could be good news for the Rose Day Parade in Pasadena, although Lund said that could change during the week.

“Right now we have it dry as well,” she said.

Officials said the festivities leading up to the Rose Parade were going according to plan, rain or shine.

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