The first of two storms expected to strike Riverside County this week arrived early today, bring colder temperatures, light to moderate rain and gusty winds to the region.
Rainfall totals from the first storm, which is expected to last through the day, will likely range from a third of an inch in the valleys to one to two inches in the mountains, according to the National Weather Service.
The agency issued a wind advisory for the mountains until 9 p.m. During the advisory period, 20- to 30-mile per hour west winds, gusting up to 50 mph, are likely, according to the Weather Service.
The local snow level will lower to around 5,000 to 5,500 feet today, with up to six inches of snowfall possible above 6,000 feet.
Another period of strong west winds is expected later this week. The Weather Service forecast that a second, somewhat stronger storm will likely arrive late Thursday or early Friday, lasting into Saturday.
The most significant precipitation will occur on Friday, according to the NWS, which forecast total rainfall from the second storm will range from a quarter to a half-inch in the valleys to one to two inches in the mountains.
Local snow levels will lower to 4,000 to 4,500 feet Friday, with six to 12 inches of snowfall possible, mainly above 5,000 feet, according to the Weather Service.