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Gusty winds, scattered showers expected in Riverside County

 

Last updated 4/16/2019 at 11:33am



RIVERSIDE - Scattered showers could fall in Riverside County today amid gusty wind conditions, meteorologists said.

A low-pressure system moving south will bring a chance of scattered showers throughout the region, including the Coachella Valley, according to the National Weather Service.

The best chance of showers will be late this morning through this evening in the county mountains and the San Gorgonio Pass near Banning, forecasters said.

Rainfall totals could reach two-tenths of an inch in the San Gorgonio Pass near Banning and nine-tenths of an inch in the mountains, while less than one-tenth of an inch is expected in the Riverside metropolitan area, Lake Elsinore and the Coachella Valley, according to the NWS.

Forecasters put the chance of rain at 50 percent everywhere except the Coachella Valley, where there is a 20 percent chance of precipitation. Snow levels will drop to 7,000 feet this afternoon.

Gusty winds are expected in the mountains, the San Gorgonio Pass near Banning and the Coachella Valley, forecasters said.

The NWS issued a wind advisory through 9 p.m. for sustained winds of at least 35 mph in all three sectors.

The westerly winds are expected to range from 25 to 35 mph, with gusts reaching 60 mph possible, forecasters said.

Powerful winds could whip up sand and dust and create potentially hazardous driving conditions, especially for high-profile vehicles, the NWS warned. The gusty conditions are expected to peak this afternoon and early this evening, forecasters said.

Due to an unhealthy air quality forecast in the Coachella Valley, those with heart or lung disease, children and seniors were advised to limit time outdoors.

The rain and high winds are expected to leave the region by Wednesday morning and temperatures will warm through Thursday, according to the NWS.

Temperatures this afternoon are expected in the range of 61 to 66 degrees in the Riverside metropolitan area, 51 to 60 in the mountains, 70 to 75 in the San Gorgonio Pass and 75 to 80 in the Coachella Valley.

 

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