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In satellite images Wednesday, it looked like an ominous dark blob hovering over the ocean hundreds of miles off the coast of Washington. Get ready. It’s coming. Residents in the foothills below the 165,000 acre St timberland shoes ation Fire burn area in the San Gabriel Mountains have the next three days to prepare for what forecasters predict will be a series of storms expected to drop up to a foot of rain on those mountains throughout next week. “It’ll be a series of storms, possibly beginning Sunday, but it looks now more like on MLK Day, Monday,” said Stuart Seto, a weather specialist at the National Weather Service in Oxnard, where officials were tracking the storms. “The timing could change, depending on conditions. It could still speed up or slow down,” he added. The rain, the first significant rainfall of the new year, will last “on and off” through Friday of next week. Anywhere from 3 to 6 inches will fall along the Southland’s coastal areas between Sunday and Friday of next week. But at least 6 inches and as much as 12 inches of rain could fall over the San Gabriel Mountains during that period, Seto said. “This is the first really big event that we’ve had for a while. The people in the foothills need to get prepared with sand bags,” he said. “At least they’ll have the next three days to do whatever they need to do to protect the hillsides.” There also will be unstable conditions associated with the storms that could trigger thundershowers. Temperatures w timberland shoes ill cool down starting Sunday and stay cool through next week. Highs in the V timberland shoes alley and Whittier areas will peak in the low 60s, dipping to the upper to mid 40s at night. For today, the weather service was predicted that strong winds associated with the cold front that blew through the San Gabriel Valley on Wednesday could linger into this morning. Some areas below mountain passes could get gusts of up to 60 mph this morning, the NWS said. Officials expected the winds to calm by this afternoon. But a northerly shift in the winds could extend the agency’s wind advisory through Friday.