Freeze warnings were in effect early today in the Inland Empire and Coachella Valley as a cold spell gripped the region.
The National Weather Service scheduled the freeze warnings until 8 a.m., saying the lowest temperatures early today were in the mid to upper 20s in the southern Coachella Valley.
Temperatures were slightly warmer north and east of Interstate 10 and in the Palm Springs area, with overnight lows in the lower to mid-30s.
In the Inland Empire, the lowest temperatures were from the mid to upper 20s in wind-sheltered areas to the low to mid-30s below the Cajon Pass, according to the NWS.
Also in effect early today was a wind chill advisory for the mountains, where wind chill values were 10 to 20 degrees below zero this morning.
The NWS scheduled the wind chill advisory for the mountains until 10 a.m.
The weather service also issued high wind warnings throughout Riverside County today — from 4 this morning to 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Coachella Valley and Inland Empire, and from 7 tonight to 2 p.m. Tuesday Jan. 15 in the mountains.
During the high wind warnings, sustained winds of 15 to 30 miles per hour and gusts of up to 50 mph were expected throughout the region. However, local gusts of up to 60 mph through and below the passes and canyons were also possible, according to the weather service.
“The winds will make driving difficult, especially for motorists with high profile vehicles,” according to an NWS advisory.
Winds were expected to blow in a northward direction in the Inland Empire and Coachella Valley, and in an east to northeast direction in the mountains.