LOS ANGELES -- Morning showers led to a nasty morning commute Wednesday.

The California Highway Patrol said 85 accidents were reported on Los Angeles County freeways, about twice the number recorded on a typical dry day.

National Weather Service weather specialist Bonnie Bartling said the heaviest part of the rain was over by about 8:30 a.m., although seaside communities were still being doused for some time after that.
The band of rain was expected to leave the region around 11 a.m. As of 10 a.m., it had produced .55 inch at Big Rock Mesa in Malibu, .41 in Santa Monica, and,in Los Angeles County mountains other than the Santa Monica range, .45 at Camp 9 and .41 in Warm Springs, according to the NWS.
A second band of rain was expected around mid-day, which likely will make for a showery afternoon, Bartling said. Rainfall totals resulting from the afternoon showers were expected to be "on the light side," according to an NWS advisory.

Forecasters are calling for dry weather most of the day Thursday. Bartling said the Southland would be hit by a "weak system" Thursday night into Friday morning, after which dry weather was in the forecast.
Highs today and over the coming days will be in the 60s in the Greater Los Angeles Area.