Published Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 | 5:28 a.m.
Updated Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 | 5:28 a.m.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California got an overnight soaking as residents prepared for a second, more powerful storm that could bring heavier rain and prompted fears of mudslides in communities along fire-scarred foothills.
The weather system moved down from Northern California late Wednesday, bringing up to an inch of rain in drought-stricken coastal and valley areas of Los Angeles County, and more in the mountains.
Authorities urged commuters to drive with caution as some freeways saw water pooling in lanes.
The storm — and the larger one expected to arrive Friday — brought worries and recommended evacuations in the suburbs of Glendora and Azusa. Those communities sit at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains where a wildfire last month stripped nearly 2,000 acres and could now see mudslides.
About an inch of rain fell earlier around the San Francisco Bay Area.