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Next round of rain, snow expected in Inland region this afternoon


Last updated 3/16/2018 at 6:50am

The latest round of wet weather from a Pacific storm over Southern California is expected to begin this afternoon and could bring up to 10 inches of snow in parts of Riverside County's mountains, the National Weather Service said.

A winter weather advisory covering the mountains, including the Idyllwild-Pine Cover area, will go into effect at 5 p.m. today and expire at 5 a.m. Sunday, the NWS said. The advisory signifies that periods of snow are expected and could pose a hazard to drivers.

"Plan on difficult travel conditions,'' the weather service said. "Be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibility, and use caution while driving.''

Snow levels are forecast to be around 5,000 feet tonight and around 4,000 feet on Saturday, according to the NWS. Between 5 and 7 inches of snow could fall at elevations above 6,000 feet, though a few areas could get closer to 10 inches. Up to an inch of snow could fall in areas below 5,000 feet, and about 2 to 5 inches are forecast to fall between 5,000 and 6,000 feet.

Accompanying the snow will be gusty westerly winds of 35 to 45 mph along desert mountain slopes, the weather service said.

Rain and cool weather is also expected in the Riverside metropolitan area over the weekend, while the Coachella Valley will be decidedly nicer with mostly clear, sunny skies. No rain is forecast to fall in the Coachella Valley, and high temperatures will be 72 degrees today, 70 on Saturday and 69 to 74 on Sunday. Periods of gusty winds up to 35 mph are forecast through the weekend.

West of the mountains, high temperatures today will be around 58 to 63 with a roughly 20 percent chance of light showers this afternoon. Rain is expected overnight and then again on Saturday morning and Saturday afternoon.

Drivers who planned to travel into or through Southern California's mountains during the winter weather advisory were urged to check road conditions by calling (800) 427-7623 if inside California, or (916) 455-7623 if outside the state.


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