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Weather systems to produce minimal rain tonight, more on weekend

 

Last updated 2/27/2019 at 12:19pm



RIVERSIDE - Showers are expected to sweep through parts of the Inland Empire Wednesday and Thursday morning, with little impact, but a heftier storm will pass through the region this weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

Forecasters said a surface trough of low pressure could produce a quarter inch of rain in the Riverside metropolitan area and in pockets of southwest Riverside County into Thursday morning. The fast-moving system is packing little energy.

However, a stronger trough will make landfall in Southern California on Saturday, soaking Riverside and surrounding communities, according to the NWS.

Meteorologists said up to an inch of rain is possible in Riverside, but less than a tenth of an inch is likely in the Coachella Valley.

Lake Elsinore, the Temescal Valley and other places bordering the eastern edge of the Cleveland National Forest are forecast to receive between a half-inch and an inch of precipitation on Saturday. Riverside County Office of Emergency Services Director Bruce Barton said Tuesday that no precautionary evacuations are anticipated this weekend in the vicinity of the forest burn scars because the rainfall is not expected to pack a lot of intensity. There is no immediate concern about flooding, mud and debris flows, he said.

The Board of Supervisors declared a local emergency due to the impacts of the Valentine's Day storm that dumped 10 inches of precipitation in and around the San Bernardino Mountains, knocking out state Route 243 between Banning and Mountain Center, as well as segments of Highway 74 east of Hemet and Highway 111 in Palm Springs.

Flood Control & Water Conservation District Director Jason Uhley told the board that storm repairs and clean-up countywide will likely cost close to $50 million.

He said more rain in March could complicate matters. According to the NWS, at least one sizable storm is already on the radar for the first week of the new month.

 

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