Rain and gusty winds are expected to lash across Orange County beginning early Tuesday morning as a cold low-pressure system from the Gulf of Alaska arrives, according to the National Weather Service.
The storm will begin with light rain and intensify Tuesday afternoon and evening, forecasters predict. Orange County coastal areas can expect around a half inch of rain, gusty winds and possibly thunderstorms. Winds at the coast could range from 15 mph to 25 mph, with gusts up to 35 mph.
Calmer conditions are expected to return Wednesday.
The National Weather Service forecast for John Wayne Airport:
Monday night: Rain, mainly after 4 a.m. Low around 46. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent.
Tuesday: Rain before 10 a.m., then showers and possibly a thunderstorm between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., then rain and possibly a thunderstorm after 4 p.m. Some of the storms could produce small hail and heavy rain. High near 54. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent.
Tuesday night: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 4 a.m., then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 4 a.m. Some of the storms could produce small hail and heavy rain. Low around 41. Northwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent.
Wednesday: A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly before 10 a.m. Mostly sunny, with a high near 57. West wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
Wednesday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 40. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
Thursday: A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 60.
Thursday night: A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 42.