Thanksgiving Day is Here, And So Is the Rain

Published : Thursday, November 28, 2019 | 6:11 AM

Above left, a Pasadena firefighter surveys the Thanksgiving Day, 2018 big rig crash on the I-210 Freeway near San Gabriel Blvd. overpass which saw a truck slide on wet roads, crash through the Gold Line retaining wall and end up near the tracks. Image by RMG News. At right, a view of the Arroyo Seco channel with the Vista del Arroyo Federal Courthouse in the distance during heavy rain in 2017. Image: Karol Franks @okarol via Twitter.

Forecasters say there is 100% chance of rain for Thanksgiving Day in Pasadena, and possibly a thunderstorm, with a chilly high temperature of just 54 degrees predicted.

Officials are urging that drivers exercise caution on slick roads, hoping to avoid a repeat of accidents like the one on the I-210 last year at this time which saw a big rig crash through a retaining wall and damage the Gold Line tracks.

The National Weather Service said the storm could have “major travel impacts” including delays and potential road closures, mainly due to low-elevation snow or flooded roadways.

“This storm will hit the entire state of California, even Death Valley,” former Jet Propulsion Laboratory climatologist Bill Patzert told the Los Angeles Times.

The storm is expected as the result of a deep upper-level trough of low pressure developing over the West Coast and expected to bring cold and wet conditions through at least Friday, the NWS said. Rain amounts Thursday are expected to be between a quarter inch to as much as 1.5 inch, with the higher amounts in eastern L.A. County.

Here is the forecast for Pasadena:

Thanksgiving Day: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. High near 54. East southeast wind 10 to 15 mph decreasing to 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%.

Thursday Night: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Low around 39. South southeast wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

Friday: A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly before 4pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 56. South southwest wind around 5 mph.

Friday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers before 10pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 40. South southwest wind around 5 mph.

Saturday: A 10 percent chance of rain after 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 58.

Saturday Night: A 30 percent chance of rain, mainly after 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 47.

Sunday: A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 62.

Sunday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48.

Monday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 67.

Monday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 50.

Tuesday: A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 67.

Tuesday Night: A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 50.

Wednesday: A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 65.

City spokesperson Lisa Derderian reminded residents to visit www.cityofpasadena.net/disaster for emergency preparedness information. If you are not part of Pasadena’s Local Emergency Alert System (PLEAS), sign up for the telephone notification system today by visiting www.cityofpasadena.net/Fire/PLEAS.

Pasadena residents and businesses with any power emergencies should call the Pasadena Water and Power (PWP) Department at (626) 744-4673 and for water-related emergencies call (626) 744-4138. PWP customers are also encouraged to sign up for specific emergency utility alerts by visiting www.cityofpasadena.net/waterandpower/oms/.

National Weather Service information for the Los Angeles area is online at www.weather.gov/losangeles.

The public is also reminded to:

• Clear debris and overgrowth from drainage channels and rain gutters before it rains

• Keep cars charged or with full gas tanks; power outages might shut down gas pumps or charging stations

• Stay away from storm drain channels and do not attempt to cross flooded roads

• Never touch any downed utility lines; call 9-1-1 to report

• Keep your disaster kit updated with flashlight and extra batteries; portable battery-operated radio; first aid kit and manual; emergency food and water for your family and pets; non-electric can opener; essential medications; sturdy shoes, socks & gloves; essential paperwork & emergency cash, and comfort items for children

• Make sure your vehicles are in good repair; especially windshield wipers

• Slow down while driving in the rain; allow extra travel time and use caution while braking and turning as grease and oil have built up on roadways with lack of rain, making for slippery conditions in wet weather

• Remember to turn off sprinklers, system controllers and timers as it is prohibited to irrigate landscaping during rainy periods

• Use rain barrels to collect and reuse rain water

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