(KTLA-TV / April 11, 2010)

LOS ANGELES -- Residents in the burn areas were bracing for possible flooding and mudslides early Monday as a spring storm brought rain to Southern California.

The rain started falling across the region Sunday night, and forecasters were predicting as much as 3 inches of precipitation through Monday morning on south-facing mountains and foothills, including the mudflow-vulnerable neighborhoods in the La Canada-Flintridge area.

A flash flood watch for the burn areas was canceled Monday morning.

Forecasters said scattered showers would linger throughout the day with the possibility of thunderstorms.

Road closures went into effect at midnight between Palmdale and the Crescenta Valley, including Angeles Forest Highway, Big Tujunga Canyon Road, and Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Road.

On-street parking is also banned in mudslide-vulnerable areas of La Canada-Flintridge and La Crescenta, the Department of Water and Power said.

According to the National Weather Service, the heaviest rainfall in the Station Fire burn area would occur between midnight Sunday and 6:00 a.m. Monday, and scattered pockets of heavy rain could be expected all day Monday.

In the coastal plains of Los Angeles and Orange counties, up to 1 and a half inches of rain was forecast.

In an assessment by the DWP, possible "moderate" mudflow is expected on streets below burned hillsides in the Paradise Valley, Briggs Terrace, and upper Pennsylvania Avenue areas.

The DWP issued a "debris and mudflow potential" forecast, and has advised emergency response teams to monitor the following areas in the Station fire burn area:

- Auburn Avenue east of Auburn Debris Basin

- a construction area north of Carter Avenue, and Carter Avenue at Mira Monte Avenue

- Mt. Wilson Trail near Mira Monte Avenue

- Churchill Road near Skyland Drive

- Sumac Trail, Brookside Lane, and Woodland Drive

- Yucca Trail

- Lotus Lane, above Camillo Street and Sturtevant Debris Basin

- Sunrise Hill Lane

- Santa Anita Canyon Road above Lannan Debris Basin.

The snow level was expected to be near the 6,000 foot elevation as heavier precipitation began Sunday night, meaning lower-elevated areas including the Grapevine, Palmdale, and Victorville would likely see rainy conditions Monday morning.