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Spring storm to lash Inland Empire on Thursday


Last updated 5/14/2019 at 3:17pm

RIVERSIDE - A storm packing wind and rain will impact the Inland Empire on Thursday, lowering temperatures and potentially creating hazardous driving conditions.

According to the National Weather Service, the trough of low pressure will start its slide toward the region Wednesday evening, gaining strength as it makes landfall in the predawn hours Thursday.

"The trough axis will move through Thursday midday, just slightly behind a well-marked cold front, and most, if not all, areas should have rain from the mountains west to the coast,'' the NWS stated.

Forecasters predicted precipitation amounts from one-tenth to a half-inch, with the heaviest downpours in rising terrain.

"Winds will be a concern in the mountains and deserts starting late Wednesday and continuing through Thursday night, with peak gusts of 50-60 mph,'' according to the NWS. "A wind advisory will be needed for that time period.''

Meteorologists said that as the unstable weather stretches eastward, temperatures will fall below normal, with snow possible above 6,500 feet.

The Riverside County Emergency Management Department was monitoring the system, but officials had not issued any advance warnings concerning potential flooding or mudslides in and around the Holy Fire burn scar in the Cleveland National Forest, fronting Lake Elsinore and the Temescal Valley.

A wide area skirting the eastern boundary of the forest was left exposed to potential flood and mud damage because of the 23,000-acre arson blaze last August.

The last time voluntary evacuations were called during inclement weather was in February. The county Flood Control & Water Conservation District has been employing contractors to shore up vulnerable areas.

According to the NWS, the instability will clear Friday and Saturday, with mostly sunny skies for the weekend. However, another, weaker, system is rolling toward the region, expected to produce light rain Monday, forecasters said.


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