Photos: Rain pounds Los Angeles, mud closes PCH in Malibu

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A cold rain storm is pummeling Los Angeles, dusting the Grapevine with snow, trapping cars, and triggering mudslides and flash floods warnings in Malibu and surrounding areas scarred by the Woolsey Fire.

But relief is in sight for residents who have been on edge since the wildfire devastated canyons and coastline last month.

“The heaviest rain has just exited Malibu,” says National Weather Service meteorologist Eric Boldt. “It’s to the north and east of it now, the rest of the day there will be showers on and off, there’s still potential for moderate downpours at time—but the worst part for this morning has moved on by.”

The National Weather Service, which recorded rainfall rates of up to a half an inch per hour, had measured more than 2 inches of rain in Agoura by 1 a.m. Some of the heaviest rainfall hit the Santa Monica Mountains, which were ravaged by the Woolsey Fire.

Boldt says many of rain gauges in the Malibu area were destroyed in the fire and haven’t been replaced yet. But, over the past 24 hours, 2.6 inches were recorded at Circle X Ranch and 1.33 inches at Carbon Canyon.

Early this morning, downpours sent a deluge of mud onto Pacific Coast Highway, which is closed in both directions from Trancas Canyon Rd to the Las Posas. Encinal Canyon and Decker Canyon roads are fully also closed in both directions.

Flooding is more likely after fires, when burnt debris collects on hillsides and prevents the soil from absorbing the rainfall.

CBS Los Angeles reports that at Burbank Airport, a plane skid off the runway, prompting the airlines to cancel flights until at least 1:55 p.m. I-5 is closed through the Grapevine as snow blankets the pass.

#TrafficAlert if you are heading to SoCal…@CHPFortTejon says #Grapevine is closed due to multiple crashes and vehicles stuck in the snow.

— Joe Moeller (@joemoeller44) December 6, 2018

Showers are likely through tonight, and sunny skies aren’t in the forecast until Friday morning.

“After three days of clouds and rain the upper low responsible for it all will quickly shift to the east… in in the predawn hours of Friday,” reports the Weather Service.

Though the worst of the rain is over in Malibu, it made a significant impact in a short time. Here are some photos of the damage:

Car stuck in morning mudflow along PCH near #Mulholland in #Malibu, driver was ok and this mudflow now almost full cleared

— Kara Finnstrom (@KaraFinnstrom) December 6, 2018

There’s been a #mudslide on Cuthbert Road in the #Malibu Park neighborhood

— Josh Haskell (@abc7JoshHaskell) December 6, 2018

Per LASD Reserve Officer Tommy Fakehany:

Heavy mud flow at #PCH and Leo Carrillo. All traffic is being turned around and the area is not passable. #malibu#woolseyfire#traffic PC: Tommy Thomas Tommy Fakehany

— Cece Woods (@Cece90265) December 6, 2018

Car navigates around large rock on #Topanga Canyon Road. @NWSLosAngeles warns loosened rocks and boulders could tumble down from #WoolseyFire burn scar

— Kara Finnstrom (@KaraFinnstrom) December 6, 2018

Mudslide on Morning View drive in Malibu.

— Katie Falkenberg (@KatieFalkenberg) December 6, 2018

Muddy water pooling up along PCH

— Kara Finnstrom (@KaraFinnstrom) December 6, 2018

The rain has stopped in the western part of #Malibu – but all that water caused a mudslide on #PCH at #leocarillo state beach – a car is stuck in the mud, told driver is ok. Strong winds in this part of #Malibu right now

— Josh Haskell (@abc7JoshHaskell) December 6, 2018

A mudslide in Malibu along PCH near Zuma Beach is cleaned up Thursday morning.

— Katie Falkenberg (@KatieFalkenberg) December 6, 2018

Flooding on Country Club Drive in Burbank after the heavy rains this morning.

— Abbey Luck (@abbey_luck) December 6, 2018

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