Photos: An explosion of cold weather hits southern California

With more than 5 inches of rain in December and counting, Los Angeles hosted yet another winter storm Wednesday that promises to bring even more moisture to the area through New Year’s Eve.

Los Angeles County could see as much as 3 inches of rain along the coasts and valleys and up to 5 inches in the mountains, while areas further south – including parts of Orange and San Bernardino counties – could get as much as 7 inches according to the National Weather Service.

Mitch Vincent keeps an eye on a rising water current that threatens his parents' home.

Mitch Vincent is watching a rising water current threaten his elderly parents’ home in Silverado Canyon on Wednesday. When he visited his relatives for the holidays, Vincent and his wife built temporary barriers behind a retaining wall to divert floods from the home.

(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

A pedestrian walks with an umbrella on a rainy day in Long Beach.

A pedestrian walks with an umbrella on a rainy Wednesday in Long Beach.

(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

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Matthew Eastman, 15, of Forest Falls sleds of a jump he built at the end of his driveway.

Matthew Eastman, 15, of Forest Falls sleds of a jump he built at the end of his driveway after a winter storm covered the San Bernardino Mountains Monday.

(Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

Maria Fernandez takes in the LA skyline on a rainy afternoon in Vista Hermosa Natural Park.

Maria Fernandez of Arcata takes a view of the LA skyline, hidden by fog, from Vista Hermosa Natural Park while it rains Monday.

(Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

Gerry Baltierra directs a radio-controlled car through a puddle at Encanto Park.

Gerry Baltierra leads a radio-controlled car through a puddle Tuesday in Encanto Park in Duarte.

(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

Karyn Williams from Santa Monica walks her two dogs on the beach.

Karyn Williams of Santa Monica takes her dogs Kristoff and Maggie for a walk by the ocean at Will Rogers State Beach Tuesday in Pacific Palisades.

(Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

Ying Ten ends a fishing day on Tuesday as the sun sets with Santa Fe Dam glowing.

Ying Ten ends a fishing day on Tuesday as the sun sets with Santa Fe Dam glowing.

(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

Traffic flows along a humid Interstate 5 in Gorman.

Traffic is flowing along a humid Interstate 5 in Gorman on Wednesday as another storm moved through Southern California.

(Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)

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