A powerful Pacific storm brought rain, wind and snow to Riverside County overnight and threatened today to create hazardous driving conditions and cause flooding where wild fires burned last year, the National Weather Service said.
A red flag warning signifying a high risk of wildfire because of high winds and low humidity went into effect this morning in much of Riverside County west of the mountains as late-season Santa Ana winds are expected to buffet Southern California over the next four days and maybe longer.
High temperatures and low humidity return to Riverside County today while Santa Ana winds are set to buffet the region west of the mountains over the weekend and increase the potential for wildfires.
Dry and windy weather conditions expected in Riverside County beginning tonight will increase the risk of fires in parts of the region, according to the National Weather Service.
Triple-digit temperatures are expected to continue throughout the region, one day after the heat in Thermal broke a record set more than three decades ago.
A low pressure system moving across the region today will bring cool weather and occasional rain showers in parts of Riverside County through Tuesday and gusty winds in the mountains and some of the deserts into Wednesday.
Light showers, brisk winds and a slight chance of thunderstorms are in the forecast Wednesday, March 22, for Riverside County as a weak spring storm moves through the region.
Light showers, mountain snow and gusty wind are expected in Riverside County again today as the second of two storms hits the region.
Rain may start falling in parts of Riverside County as early as tonight as a strong Pacific storm that is expected to bring heavy precipitation and potentially damaging winds in the coming days heads toward the region.
A storm headed into Southern California is expected to bring rain to parts of Riverside County starting this afternoon.