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Wet weather no cause for alarm right now, officials say


Last updated 11/20/2018 at 11:13am

RIVERSIDE - A weather system churning off the West Coast will produce light rain throughout the Inland Empire during the middle of the week and on Thanksgiving Day, but the showers will not be intense, and there's little concern about mud and debris flows posing a threat to homes and roads in fire-scorched areas, according to the National Weather Service and Riverside County officials.

NWS meteorologists said a trough of low pressure is sliding toward Southern and Central California, dragging enough moisture with it to generate precipitation Wednesday night into Thursday.

However, according to a Weather Service statement, "the system will be weakening as it comes east,'' lowering the potential for significant rain. The Riverside metropolitan area is predicted to receive about one-tenth of an inch to a half-inch.

"The forecast rainfall across SoCal is not expected to produce any heavy runoff or flooding at this time,'' according to the NWS. "Amounts will be limited by the duration of the event.''

The Riverside County Emergency Management Department stated that the likelihood of flash flooding, mud and debris flows is low, and so are risks to properties in the vicinity of the Cranston and Holy Fire burn areas.

However, county officials said they will continue to monitor weather patterns and will send out emergency notifications as and when they're needed.

The Cranston Fire blackened just over 13,000 acres between Hemet and Idyllwild in late July and early August. The alleged arson blaze denuded woodlands in the San Bernardino National Forest, increasing the chances of mudslides and other damaging events.

The Holy Fire, also the work of an alleged arsonist, charred 23,000 acres between Aug. 6 and Sept. 13 in the Cleveland National Forest, impacting the Temescal Valley and Lake Elsinore.

County officials have held a series of meetings with residents since late September to highlight what they can do in advance to help protect their homes and what to do in the event of flooding and debris flows.


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