Heavy rain expected tonight; Flash Flood Watch issued

Car drives through the burn area on Placerita Canyon Road. No slides or flooding were observed on Friday. Dan Watson/Signal

Heavy rain is expected to drench the Santa Clarita Valley Sunday night, one day after thunder and lightning dominated the sky.

“We did have a line of thunderstorms coming in towards Ventura County,” said Robbie Munroe, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

“That is what (residents) are likely seeing off into the west.”

While thunder and lightning were seen on the horizon, it was relatively dry in Santa Clarita Saturday night.

“There was a chance that it might have been drier at lower levels, so the precipitation wasn’t making it to the ground,” Munroe said.

Heavy rain, however, is expected Sunday night. The storm is forecast to move into the region around midnight and last through Monday morning.

A Flash Flood Watch was issued for the area Sunday at noon.

“It’s focused on recent burn areas such as the Sand Fire burn area,” Munroe said of the alert.

Showers are expected to continue through Monday afternoon. The storm is forecast to dump anywhere from three quarters to two inches of rain.

“At this point, we don’t have thunderstorms in the forecast but we can’t completely rule them out,” Munroe said.

A second storm is expected to come through the Santa Clarita Valley late Tuesday night and last into Wednesday morning.

“At this point it doesn’t look as heavy as the rain that we’re expecting tonight,” Munroe said.

For more information on weather in and around Santa Clarita, visit the National Weather Service’s website.

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