Inclement Weather in Forecast for Inland Empire Friday, Saturday

Connor Forbes
Connor Forbes
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Inclement Weather in Forecast

RIVERSIDE (CNS) – Rainfall and intense winds are in the forecast for the Inland Empire to close out the week, according to the National Weather Service.

A storm system currently dragging across the Pacific Northwest is expected to produce rain and snow Friday night, Saturday and to a lesser extent Sunday morning, the NWS said.

“This storm is expected to bring gusty winds, periods of precipitation and cooler conditions to Southern California,” the Weather Service said in a statement. “The main weather impact from this system is shaping up to be strong, gusty west winds over the mountains and into the deserts.”

Average wind speeds of 25 mph are anticipated in wind-prone channels, with gusts over 60 mph in some locations, the agency said.

The cold front will trigger the first round of rain Friday night, but it will be mostly light and variable, with heavier downpours predicted Saturday, according to meteorologists.

“The forecast has one-tenth to one-quarter inch near the coast, one- quarter to one-half inch in the valleys and one-half to one-inch in the mountains,” the NWS stated.

“Snow levels will be around 6,000 feet for early Saturday and will fall to around 4,000 feet for early Sunday. There is still some uncertainty in the timing, but precipitation is expected to be tapering off as the snow levels drop to their lowest Sunday morning.”

The system will exit to the east Sunday, followed by mild, dry conditions going into early next week.

High temperatures in the Riverside metropolitan area Wednesday and Thursday will reach the upper 60s to low 70s, with lows in the upper 40s. However, Friday through Sunday, daytime temps will peak in the upper 50s, with overnight lows in the mid 40s.

In the Coachella Valley, highs will approach 80 Wednesday and Thursday, with lows in the low 50s, while Friday to Sunday, the mercury will max out in the upper 60s, with lows around 50.

In the Temecula Valley, daytime temps will hover in the mid 60s, dipping into the upper 40s overnight, Wednesday and Thursday, with highs in the mid 50s and lows in the mid 40s Friday, Saturday and Sunday, according to forecasters.

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