LOS ANGELES — A series of storms is expected to move into South­ern California be­gin­ning today, ushering in four straight days of rain and heightening fears of flash flooding and possible mudslides in recent fire areas.

Forecasters with the Na­tion­al Weather Service ex­pect the first rains to fall this morning or possibly af­ter­noon. Showers are ex­pect­ed to continue through at least Thursday, with in­ter­mittent breaks, fore­cast­ers said.

Rain is possible in the Antelope Valley this morn­ing, becoming likely by afternoon. The storm also will bring wind gusts of up to 40 mph to the Valley.

The Woolsey fire zone in Los Angeles and Ventura counties will be the area of greatest concern, but Los Angeles County of­fi­cials are also cautioning res­i­dents of the recent Creek and La Tuna fires to mon­it­or local news outlets, avoid driving through moving or ponded water and report storm-related emergencies to 800-675-HELP (4357).

County officials en­cour­aged some residents to con­sider evacuating the area in advance of the storm.

“Peak rainfall rates may result in significant mud and debris flow, and we encourage Woolsey fire sur­vivors to be ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice,” county Fire Chief Daryl Osby said. “Elderly residents, individuals who have medical conditions and residents who own large animals should make plans now to leave their homes as a precaution.”

In the mountains in and around Los Angeles Coun­ty, the storm is expected to bring gusty and potentially dam­aging winds today through Tuesday morning, then the potential for heavy snow — as much as 6 to 12 inches.

The combination of the wind and snow likely will create dangerous moun­tain conditions for drivers.

L.A. County health of­fi­cials are urging swim­mers and surfers to steer clear of water near storm drains, which are flushed out by rain and can contain haz­ards that can make them ill.

The beach water use ad­vi­sory was in effect until at least 7 a.m. Tuesday, al­though it could be extended before then.

“Avoid swimming, surf­ing and playing in ocean waters around discharging storm drains, creeks and rivers,” Dr. Muntu Davis said.

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