Easter Weekend Weather – `Atmospheric River’ to Return, Producing Possibly Heavy Rain

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Storm Clouds Gathering. Photo by Connor Forbes.

Easter Weekend Weather

RIVERSIDE (CNS) – Another storm system is bearing down on the Inland Empire, slated to arrive Easter weekend amid an “atmospheric river” that could produce heavy precipitation in some locations.

The National Weather Service said that the broad trough of low pressure is gathering strength as it rotates over the northwest Pacific, with predictions for it to make landfall in Northern California on Wednesday morning, sliding south along the coast and encompassing Southern California by Friday night or the predawn hours Saturday.

“This could be an efficient rain producer, as (models) show an atmospheric river pointing straight into Southern California Saturday into Sunday,” the NWS said in a statement. “The timing and intensity of the precipitation remain in flux, but … regardless of the exact track, cooler temperatures, gusty onshore winds and widespread precipitation continue to appear likely for the weekend.”

It was too early for a specific forecast on potential precipitation amounts, though the weather service acknowledged that rainfall in the Riverside metropolitan area could be “heavy at times” on Saturday.

Lighter showers were predicted on Easter Sunday.

For Tuesday to Friday, conditions were forecast to be partly cloudy to mostly sunny, with daytime highs in the Riverside area peaking around 70 and overnight lows dipping into the upper 40s. Saturday and Sunday, the mercury was expected to top out in the upper 50s, with lows still in the upper 40s.

In the Coachella Valley, daytime temps will hover in the upper 70s Tuesday to Friday, with lows in the mid 50s, while on Saturday and Sunday, the mercury will stall in the low 70s during the day and fall to around 50 at night.

In the Temecula Valley, daytime highs will generally reach the mid 60s Tuesday to Friday, with overnight lows in the mid 40s, and on Saturday and Sunday, the temperature band will be identical to Riverside metro, according to meteorologists.

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Easter Weekend Weather. Photo by Connor Forbes
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