Colder conditions and wetter weather were forecast to return to the Inland Empire by Tuesday night, according to a National Weather Service spokesman.
“We have the first of two fronts set to move in late Tuesday into Wednesday, with a 90 percent chance of showers,” said NWS meteorologist Jamie Moker. “It looks like about a half-inch of rain for this first front, and it should hit Riverside County by Tuesday night.”
The temperatures were also expected to drop drastically in the Inland Empire. With low-80s temperatures today, the forecast highs for Monday is in the mid-70s, with Tuesday’s highs dropping down to about 60 degrees.
“There is about a 20-plus degrees drop from today until Tuesday into Wednesday,” Moker said.
The desert could see light amounts of rain, with up to a tenth of an inch possible. Snow levels will start out relatively high at above 7,500 feet, but could fall to about 5,500 feet on Wednesday.
“Some of the higher elevations of Riverside and San Bernardino mountains may see a light dusting of new snow,” Moker said.
The storm could also bring moderate and gusty southwest to west winds to the mountains and deserts, with gusts of up to 50 miles per hour.
A second stronger and colder front was expected to hit the region possibly by Thursday night, with much of the rain falling on Friday.
“This will be colder, with snow levels dropping to about 4,500 feet by Friday,” Moker said.
The system was expected to bring periods of locally gusty southwest to west winds to the mountains and deserts. A slight change of showers was predicted to linger into Saturday, with the system expected to move out by Saturday night.