Sun to return after two days of torrential rains

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Mostly sunny skies with afternoon temperatures in the upper 60s and 70s are predicted through the weekend. Monday’s thunderstorms dumped 2.15 inch of rain on Palmdale, breaking a 42-year-old record for the date: .78 inches set in 1963. Another .50 inch fell by midafternoon Tuesday, bringing rainfall since July 1 to 3.47 inch. Palmdale’s average annual rainfall is 7.9 inches. Monday’s rainfall was the second heaviest on record for October in Palmdale and the seventh heaviest for one day since Palmdale records began in 1938. Palmdale’s record one-day rainfall was 3.42 inches on Dec. 11, 1943. Antelope Valley College resumed classes Tuesday after halting operations Monday night because of heavy rain that flooded streets and lightning-caused power surges that disrupted elevators and computers. Some water seeped into college buildings but damage was very minor, AVC spokesman Steve Standerfer said. The storm also contributed to a number of collisions on Antelope Valley streets and highways. “Anytime it rains, people crash more,” California Highway Patrol Lt. Andria Witmer said. Flooding closed Highway 14’s southbound lanes Monday and again Tuesday morning near Backus Road. Flooding also closed Red Rock-Randsberg Road north of Mojave and Avenue Q east of Palmdale on Tuesday. Rocks and mud came down onto Angeles Crest Highway and other roads in the Angeles National Forest but damage was very minor, a forest spokesman said. On San Francisquito Canyon Road, where work crews are realigning a 1.8-mile section north of Saugus to get it out of a flood-prone area, the rained turned a temporary detour route into mud. The section of road being rebuilt is open only to escorted vehicles during early morning and evening hours. Officials halted the escorts until the mud dried. Charles F. Bostwick, (661) 267-5742 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – Two days of thunderstorms that flooded mountain and desert roads are expected to turn today into mostly sunny skies. The southbound Antelope Valley Highway, flooded two consecutive days by storm runoff north of Rosamond, reopened to traffic Tuesday morning. On San Francisquito Canyon Road, where workers are still rebuilding after storm damage last winter, Los Angeles County road officials hoped to reopen today a temporary detour for commuter traffic. “It will depend obviously on the conditions,” Los Angeles County Department of Public Works spokeswoman Melinda Barrett said. The National Weather Service predicted partly cloudy skies this morning in the Antelope Valley and said weather should become mostly sunny this afternoon. last_img

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