“After a long period of time without rain, oils build up on freeways and roadways, and the first rains often cause very slick conditions,” the NWS advisory warned. Because it traveled over land — not the warm waters of the Pacific — the storm is also expected to cool down the region, with temperatures 10 to 20 degrees below normal starting today, according to NWS meteorologists. “This system will be almost unprecedented in terms of cold weather and snow levels for September in Southwestern California,” according to the NWS advisory. NWS forecasters said snow levels are expected to fall to between 5,500 and 6,000 feet tomorrow, with several inches of new snow possible at resort levels. “Many locations may well set record low maximum temperatures on Friday, with temperatures more typical of January rather than September,” according to the advisory. “Due to the cold and unstable nature of this strong upper level low pressure system, any thunderstorm may produce heavy rains and small hail,” it said. In turn, heavy rains may cause mud and debris flows in and below areas previously denuded by fire. Residents of mountain areas, “should be prepared for this possibility despite the fact that it is only September,” according to the advisory. NWS forecasters said rainfall totals will be highly variable because of the showery nature of the expected precipitation, and will depend, too, on the exact track of the system. As of this morning “the best estimate for rainfall is between one quarter and one inch in most areas,” the NWS advisory said. In the meantime, a marine layer produced drizzle and light rain over a wide area this morning, and there is a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon. The NWS said the chance of measurable precipitation in the form of showers and thunderstorms stood at 20 percent today and tonight, rising to 70 percent tomorrow and tomorrow night and falling back to between 40 and 50 percent Saturday morning before the storm clears out, leaving partly cloudy skies. Temperatures around the Southland at roughly sea level will be mostly in the high 60s today, tomorrow and Saturday before climbing several degrees on Sunday. But a different situation will prevail in mountain areas. Highs at Mount Wilson, for example, will be 55 today, 54 tomorrow and 59 Sunday before climbing to 70 on Monday, according to NWS forecasters. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Light rain fell on the Southland today ahead of the arrival of a cold and “almost unprecedented” September storm that originated in Canada. Forecast to hit the Southland with full force tomorrow, the storm is being preceded by a deep marine layer, which caused some precipitation in several areas, including Fullerton, where light rain was reported overnight. “This storm will likely bring rain, thunderstorms and even some higher elevation snow to Central and Southern California through early Saturday,” according to a National Weather Service advisory. “…Conditions will also be favorable for possible waterspout and funnel cloud activity.” The late-summer storm — autumn begins Saturday — originated in British Columbia and, working its way south, reached Northern California yesterday afternoon, according to NWS meteorologists tracking the system. The slow-moving system was off the coast of Monterey County this morning and will affect mostly the state’s central coast region today, bringing a chance of thunderstorms that could produce small hail, the NWS reported. But its “most active day” in Southern California — mainly between Santa Barbara and Los Angeles — will be tomorrow, with showers starting after noon. “The bulk of the precipitation from this storm will fall across eastern Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles counties Friday into Friday night,” according to the NWS advisory. The last measurable rainfall in Los Angeles was April 22, according to the NWS, and motorists were urged to use caution.
“When I was younger, the amount of illegals coming across the border was a lot less,” said Smith, 51. “Now, I think there is a systematic disregard for the border patrol.” As immigration concerns have grown, economic worries have dipped. Only 14 percent now say the economy and related issues are their top concern, compared with 24 percent in October.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventThe rise in public concern about immigration over the last three months has been substantial. When people were asked this past week to name the top national problem that came to mind, 13 percent said immigration – four times the number who said that in January. Roughly the same number, 14 percent of those polled, named the economy, according to the poll of 500 adults conducted April 3-5. The survey has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points. More than 11 million illegal immigrants are believed to be in this country now, with thousands more coming in all the time. About 1.2 million illegal immigrants were apprehended last year along the nation’s border with Mexico, according to immigration officials. Ron Smith of Corpus Christi, Texas, has a front-row seat. “A lot of it is happening where I live,” said Smith, who lives about 150 miles from the Mexican border. WASHINGTON – People are now about as likely to mention immigration as the economy when they are asked to name the most important problem facing the United States, though both rank behind war in Iraq and elsewhere, an AP-Ipsos poll found. Immigration’s rise in the latest survey about the nation’s top problems suggests the public is keeping close watch on the immigration debate in Congress and reaction around the country. “Nobody is happy about the war, but the war is far away – the immigration issue is right here,” said Dagmar Washington, a nurse from the Atlanta suburbs. Efforts in the Senate to pass sweeping immigration legislation faltered Friday, leaving in doubt the prospects for passage of a measure that offered the hope of citizenship to millions of men, women and children living in the United States illegally.