RIVCO: Weather alert for Inland Empire – Torrential rain on the way

A gazebo lays along the sidewalk at Winchester Creek.  Molly LeVine photo.
A gazebo lays along the sidewalk at Winchester Creek. Molly LeVine photo.

UPDATE: Wednesday, Jan. 6, 3 p.m.

Via Montezuma is just one of many roads flooded in the area. Molly LeVine photo.
Via Montezuma is just one of many roads flooded in the area. Molly LeVine photo.

Reports of thunder, lightning and flooding roadways have begun pouring into the newsroom. Via Montezuma in  Temecula is closed and minor flooding is occurring throughout the area as the torrential downpours continue to plague the region thanks to a massive storm that blew into the area early this morning.

Coastal flood advisories, flash flood warnings  and flash flood watches remain in place for the region. A winter storm warning remains in effect for the mountains of Riverside County and the surrounding areas.

ORIGINAL STORY:

The National Weather Service of San Diego has released an immediate weather alert for the Southern California counties of Orange County, San Bernardino County, and Riverside County.

Doppler radar indicates a large area of moderate to heavy rain capable of causing flooding to be moving into the region.

Current rain rates are one-quarter to one-half-inch per hour in portions of Orange County. Rain rates are expected to increase in Riverside County and over the Inland Empire throughout the afternoon.

NWS advises precautionary and preparedness actions. Drivers, remember to keep your vehicle away from areas where water covers the roadways. The water depth may be too great to allow your car to cross safely. A car can hydroplane in two-feet of water.

Turn Around Don’t Drown.

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