The gusty wind that has been buffeting parts of Riverside County is expected to ease up this morning, but the wintry weather will continue until this weekend.
A National Weather Service wind advisory for the mountains and the San Gorgonio Pass is set to expire at 10 a.m. West winds of 25 to 35 mph are expected throughout the remainder of the advisory period along with gusts that
may reach 65 mph in some areas.
“A low pressure system moving southward through the western states will bring stronger onshore flow, with areas of gusty southwest to west winds in the mountains and through and below the San Gorgonio (Pass) through this
morning,” according to the weather service.
The Coachella Valley was not included under the advisory, but forecasters said winds of 15 to 20 mph and gusts to 25 mph would be possible.
Weather service forecasters warned that the winds could cause hazardous driving conditions, especially for motorists in high profile vehicles. The strongest wind gusts recorded overnight were 56 mph at Whitewater
below the San Gorgonio Pass and 52 mph at Boyd Deep Canyon Reserve in the mountains.
Rainfall amounts as of early this morning have been around a quarter-inch in the mountains, according to the weather service.
Light rain was also in the forecast for parts of the county this morning and again this evening. In the mountains, highs from 43 to 50 degrees are expected to drop to below freezing tonight. Up to 2 inches of snow could accumulate in altitudes down to 5,500 feet.
Mountain snow levels are expected to fluctuate between 4,500 and 5,000 feet tonight into Friday.
The cold front will move through Southern California this morning and the initial round of showers is expected to end from the northwest after sunrise through mid-morning.
Forecasters said temperatures would gradually warm up this weekend into early next week.