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Much colder weather expected, snow above 4,500 feet

Monday, December 2nd, 2013
Issue 49, Volume 17.

RIVERSIDE - Much colder weather through this weekend was expected in Riverside County, meteorologists said today.

"A large area of low pressure will move through the Great Basin today and bring substantially colder temperatures, along with a chance of valley rain and mountains snow showers to the region later this week," according to the National Weather Service.

The agency issued a high wind warning for the mountains and Coachella Valley until 8 a.m., saying sustained westerly winds of 25 to 40 miles per hour and local gusts up to 60 mph were likely today.

"The westerly winds will weaken this morning," an NWS advisory said. "However, westerly winds will increase again tonight."

Also, an inch to two inches of snow accumulation above 4,500 feet was possible today, the agency said.

Highs today were expected to be in the mid-50s to low-60s in the Inland Empire, low 40s to low Advertisement
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50s in the mountains and low to mid-60s in the Coachella Valley.

Strong gusty winds in Riverside County mountains and Coachella Valley tonight

RIVERSIDE - A cold front moving though Riverside County is bringing strong gusty winds to the mountains and Coachella Valley, meteorologists said.

"Local wind gusts will reach 60 miles per hour," according to the National Weather Service. Winds will diminish early Wednesday morning, after the front passes.'

The agency said sustained westerly winds would be 25 to 35 mph.

A high wind watch for the mountains and Coachella Valley was expected through late Tuesday night. A high wind watch means there is the potential for a hazardous high wind event.

"The winds will make driving difficult, especially for motorists with high profile vehicles," an NWS advisory said. "Reduced visibilities in blowing sand and dust will add to the hazardous driving conditions. Watch for broken tree limbs."



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