RIVERSIDE (CNS) – A storm system packed with moisture from the Pacific
Northwest will roll into the Inland Empire on Saturday, producing another
round of downpours through most of the weekend, according to the National
Weather Service.

The agency said back-to-back troughs will sweep across the region,
beginning Saturday afternoon and continuing through Sunday into Monday morning,
with the heaviest precipitation likely late Saturday night.

“For San Diego and western Riverside counties, rainfall is expected
to range from around one-half inch near the coast to 1 to 2 inches in the
mountains, with locally greater amounts,” the NWS said. “Rainfall in the
deserts will mostly be one-tenth to one-quarter inch.”

Snow levels will generally hold above 6,000 feet until Sunday night,
when elevations above 5,500 feet could be under a blanket of frozen
precipitation, meteorologists said.

Unstable conditions will persist into early next week, though
precipitation is forecast to be light and scattered after Sunday.

Prognostication charts published by the weather service indicated
another storm front may reach the inland region and the rest of Southern
California on Wednesday, though the strength of the system was uncertain.

For Saturday and Sunday, temperatures were expected to turn chilly
again in the Riverside metropolitan area, with highs in the upper 50s and lows
in the mid 40s.

In the Temecula Valley, the mercury was forecast to top out in the mid
50s Saturday and Sunday, with lows in the mid 40s, while in the Coachella
Valley, daytime highs for the weekend were expected to be in the low to mid
60s, with lows in the upper 40s.

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