Showers, winds and a chance of thunderstorms forecast for Wednesday

RIVERSIDE – 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.

Anticipated rainfall amounts expected through tonight are a quarter-inch in Anza; 0.16 of an inch in Temecula; 0.15 of an inch in Hemet and Lake Elsinore; and 0.03 of an inch in Palm Springs and Thermal, according to the National Weather Service.

“The biggest threat to public safety might be a mostly wet afternoon commute today,” according to the weather service. “Flooding is not a concern unless an isolated burst of rain from a thunderstorm fills a street with water

Winds of 20 to 30 miles per hour with gusts of 50 to 55 mph are expected n the mountains, as are winds of 15 mph with gusts to 30 mph in the city of Riverside and the surrounding valleys, according to the NWS.

In the forecast for the San Gorgonio Pass zone, which includes the cities of Banning and Desert Hot Springs, are winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts of up to 45 to 50 mph. In the greater Coachella Valley, winds of 15 to 20 mph with gusts of 30 to 35 mph this afternoon will ramp up to 15 to 25 mph with gusts of 40 to 45 mph tonight.

The storm system is expected to exit the region Thursday morning and will be followed by fair weather Friday. But forecasters said a second storm system could bring another round of showers this weekend.

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