Santa Ana winds expected to weaken today, flash flood watch in effect for eastern Riverside County

RIVERSIDE (CNS) - Winds are expected to gradually weaken across Riverside County Wednesday, one day after slashing Santa Ana gusts wreaked havoc in the area, toppling power lines, pushing over big rigs and tearing the roof off an apartment building. East winds of 20 to 30 mph were expected Wednesday in the valleys and mountains, with gusts up to 45 mph, weakening to 40 mph by Wednesday night. Only light winds were predicted for the Coachella Valley. Meanwhile, moderate to heavy rain showers were predicted to materialize over the Coachella Valley, with rain and snow in the mountains. The National Weather Service predicted 4 to 8 inches of snow at 7,000 feet. "Typically strong (Santa Ana) winds are drying, but in this case, we are seeing moisture moving in from the south,'' the weat
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