Christmas storm to bring drenching rain, heavy snow to inland region

Cars make their way up rain-slicked Rancho California Road in Temecula during wet weather in 2019. Will Fritz photo
RIVERSIDE (CNS) - A Christmas storm could produce heavy rain and snow, forecasters said today, warning that travel through parts of the Inland Empire may be difficult. According to the National Weather Service, a trough of low pressure hanging off the coast will overlay most of Southern California by Wednesday afternoon, ushering in significant precipitation comparable to what was seen on Thanksgiving. During the overnight hours Wednesday into Thursday, rainfall is predicted to be intense in many locations, and as temperatures drop, so will snow levels. "Snow levels will fall rapidly and reach the major passes on Thursday, which could result in some major travel impacts," according to the weather service. "Rainfall will be rather heavy, at least for a few hours at lower elevations
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