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Oscar Rain? Soggy Weather Could Spill Onto Red Carpet

LOS ANGELES — The five-day forecast calls for partly-running makeup, with mostly unraveling up-dos and scattered umbrella-wielding Uber drivers.

Yep, Los Angeles has much-needed rain in the forecast, meaning the gauntlet of parties, swag-stops and last-minute errands between now and the Academy Awards will be awash in flying water and horrifying traffic.

Weather.com says there's a 100 percent chance of rain on Friday, bookended by a 70 precent chance of rain Thursday and Saturday (when the Indie Spirit Awards go down, making for a chilly and blustery day in the big tent on the beach in Santa Monica).

But will it soak the Oscars red carpet on Sunday? That's a lot less likely: As of Wednesday, Weather.com only predicted a 10 percent chance of rain up at the Hollywood & Highland center, where the ceremony takes place.

As a precaution, the Academy has its big plastic tent covering the red carpet - the same one that kept the stars from ruining their looks when it rained in 2011 and 2010.

In the meantime, time to get the umbrella out of storage, Angelenos -- it's gonna be a wet run-up.

Image: A giant tarp provides the cover for expected rain as preparations continue on a covered-up Red Carpet along Hollywood Boulevard
A giant tarp provides the cover for expected rain as preparations continue on a covered-up Red Carpet along Hollywood Boulevard in front of the Dolby Theater on February 27, 2014 in Hollywood, California, for the 86th Academy Awards which take place on March 2. FREDERIC J. BROWN / AFP - Getty Images

— Reuters