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Rain, Snow Expected in Southern California Friday Through Saturday Morning

SCE crews prepare to respond over holiday weekend with snow forecast in the Sierras and heavy rains expected in the foothills.
By Robert Laffoon Villegas @SCE_RobertLV

Heavy rain is expected Friday evening into Saturday morning across Southern California, with some areas expected to get up to two inches of rain during the overnight hours, and snow expected to fall in the mountains and passes into the lower elevations. The National Weather Service has issued winter storm watches and warnings for many areas of the Southland

Southern California Edison crews will be actively working Friday night, Christmas Eve and on Christmas Day to deal with any developing issues due to the weather throughout the 50,000-square-mile service territory.

Distributed throughout SCE’s service area, crews will be available to respond to trouble spots that may develop. Additional crews will also be on standby throughout the weekend if additional staffing is needed.

“The system has performed well in the recent rains, but we are preparing for and closely monitoring this latest rainstorm, especially in the foothill burn areas that could be impacted,” said Jim Cherrie, SCE director of Grid Operations. “We have our troubleman distribution crews as well as transmission crews prepared to respond to outages and possible damaged equipment, including downed power lines. I'm very proud of their commitment to our customers.”

Customers may report or inquire about outages at 800-611-1911 and get the latest information using the SCE outages app at sce.com/outages. Customers can also get the latest information by visiting sce.com/staysafe or at twitter.com/sce and facebook.com/sce.

Watch out for electrical hazards and help keep your family safe:

  • The rain can create dangerous driving conditions — please be patient and extra cautious when driving during storms.
  • Rain and winds can damage electrical equipment. Always assume all wires are energized. If you see a downed wire, call 911. Inform the operator it’s an electrical emergency.
  • Downed wires can electrify puddles, wet grass and the surrounding area. Never touch or step in water near a downed wire, as it can be electrified.
  • Never try to remove a broken tree limb or branch in contact with a power line. The limb or branch could be energized with electricity. Stay indoors and call 911.

For more safety tips, visit: sce.com/safety.

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