Southern California storm dumped up to 2 inches of rain, but forecasters say it's leaving



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LOS ANGELES — A weekend storm dumped up to 2 inches of rain in Southern California, but it is expected to get less soggy as a low-pressure system moves east Sunday, forecasters said.

The rain that arrived Saturday continued to be heavy in some places Sunday morning. But it was expected to taper off during the day, and the evening was forecast to be mostly cloudy with only a 20 percent chance of showers, according to the National Weather Service.

That was good news for the 72nd Annual Golden Globes. The awards ceremony in Beverly Hills was to begin in the afternoon. The red carpet that celebrities were to stride was covered with plastic overnight to protect it from the downpour.

Overall, the storm dumped a little less than an inch of rain in downtown Los Angeles and about 2 inches in Oxnard.

The rain prompted the California Department of Transportation to postpone graffiti cleanup and other planned maintenance on Southern California freeways. No mudslides or flooding were reported, however, in areas burned by wildfires.

The storm didn't bring much snow, which fell above 7,000 feet, and traffic continued to move through major passes such as the Grapevine section of Interstate 5 north of Los Angeles.

The National Weather Service said partial sunshine could reappear Monday. But it will still be chilly, with highs in the mid- to upper 60s and lows dipping to the 40s.

It will be dry with warmer days from Tuesday through Thursday, and there could be gusty winds in mountain passes and canyons.

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