A late winter storm packing rain, wind and snow will hit Riverside County this weekend, bringing sorely needed precipitation to the parched region, forecasters said.
According to the National Weather Service, a trough of low pressure will sweep through the Inland Empire on Saturday, with turbulent weather conditions persisting into Monday.
One to two inches of rain is possible at lower elevations, while up to two feet of snow could fall above 5,000 feet. Forecasters said snow levels will drop to around 2,500 feet on Saturday night.
According to the Weather Service, temperatures will plummet as the trailing edge of the storm passes through, with the mercury peaking at around 50 degrees in Riverside on Sunday. Nighttime temps are predicted to fall into the upper 30s.
Gusty westerly winds are expected, blowing from 25 to 75 mph in some locations Saturday and Sunday, according to forecasters.
Thunderstorms and hail are also in the forecast.
Locally, precipitation for the winter season is way below normal.
According to NWS data, the average rainfall for the period beginning Jan. 1 and ending March 15 in Riverside is 7.5 inches, but the local area has recorded barely an inch so far this year.