A heavy storm expected to hit the Southland this weekend has lost some ground as officials now predict less rain and snowfall than predicted earlier. The storm, a cold eastern Pacific storm, will be at its strongest from late this morning through the evening. The one-half to 1 inch of rain predicted to fall today is now expected to be around one-quarter inch, weather officials said. “It’s looking less impressive,” said Mike Wofford, meteorologist for the National Weather Service. “The storm has weakened.” The storm, which was supposed to bring the first significant snowfall of the season, may keep mountain-going snow bunnies on hold. Smaller amounts of snow are also expected to fall in the mountains today, reaching 6,000 feet and above. The snowfall will be less than the 6 to 12 inches originally predicted. Chilly temperatures and rain, including possible thunderstorms and a flash flood watch, are also in the forecast. The mountains of Los Angeles and Ventura counties will be under a winter storm watch today through Sunday morning. A winter storm watch means there’s a potential for a mix of significant snowfall, gusty winds and dense fog that could make travel difficult. “A few inches of snow accumulation will be possible on Interstate 5 near the Grapevine,” according to the National Weather Service. Behind the storm front, a cold and unstable air mass will bring the potential for thunderstorms and locally heavy showers, along with flash flooding with mud and debris flows, especially in areas affected by brushfires. Today’s highs will be in the 50s and lower 60s. No rain is forecast for Sunday. The next chance of wet weather will come Wednesday, when the chance of measurable precipitation has been set at 30 percent, according to the NWS. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2236 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!