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Light rain, snow expected in Riverside County

 

Last updated 3/11/2019 at 9:57am



RIVERSIDE - A storm system moving in from the east could drop light rain in Riverside County on Monday, March 11 and will bring the possibility for heavy snowfall in the mountains, according to the National Weather Service.

The system currently centered over northwest Mexico is expected to wrap around and reach Southern California this morning, with the bulk of the precipitation expected this afternoon through Tuesday morning, forecasters said.

The storm cell could drop around one-tenth of an inch of rain in Temecula and Lake Elsinore, while less than an inch is expected in the Riverside metropolitan area and up to a half-inch is expected in the county mountains, according to the NWS.

The Coachella Valley and the San Gorgonio Pass near Banning could get up to two-tenths of an inch of rain.

Snow levels were around 4,700 feet this morning and will rise to around 5,500 feet by tonight, NWS meteorologist Miguel Miller said.

Up to 2 inches could fall around 5,500 feet today and snowfall totals could reach anywhere between 4 and 8 inches from 6,500 to 7,500 feet, forecasters said.

The inclement weather prompted the NWS to issue a winter weather advisory, which will be in effect from 3 p.m. today through noon Tuesday in the county mountains.

Snow on the roads and reduced visibility could make travel to those areas hazardous, forecasters said.

It is unlikely that flooding, mud and debris flows will develop around the Cleveland National Forest and the Temescal Valley, according to the Riverside County Emergency Management Department.

More information is available at http://www.rivcoready.org.

A wide area skirting the eastern boundary of the Cleveland National Forest was left exposed to potential flood and mud damage because of the 23,000-acre Holy Fire in August. The arson blaze denuded steep terrain below Santiago Peak, permitting water to flow unchecked onto lower slopes where subdivisions are situated.

Heavy rainfall on Valentine's Day resulted in significant flooding, prompting street closures and evacuations. A homeless woman died Feb. 14 when she was swept away by a heavy water flow in a concrete stormwater channel in Riverside, and several homes in Lake Elsinore were damaged by the downpour.

The storm system will exit late Tuesday morning then dry weather is expected for the remainder of the week, Miller said.

 

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