Winter storm advisories were issued for Southern California's interior mountains Tuesday night, but the long-range forecast for New Year's Eve and Day calls for clear, warm skies for the Rose Parade and football game.
But for Wednesday, a fast-moving storm threatened to bring more precipitation to the area's "Drippy December." A second quick storm may hit Saturday, the National Weather Service forecast office said.
Rain will spread from north to south starting at about midnight tonight and extending into the urban areas by 6 a.m. Wednesday, weather forecasters said.
Rain accumulations will be light, but the snow level will start at 5,000 feet and drop to 4,000 feet above sea level by midmorning, the national Weather Service said in a winter storm advisory.
Rain will morph into scattered showers by Wednesday afternoon, then be chased out of the area by gusty, cold winds from the northwest.
Another rain and snow front may arrive Saturday, but should give way to offshore winds and clear skies by Monday, New Year's Eve, the NWS said.