RIVERSIDE (CNS) – Light rain showers are expected today throughout Riverside County and snow could fall in the mountains, according to the National Weather Service.
A low-pressure system lingering over California and Nevada will bring a chance of rain through Friday morning, forecasters said.
A winter weather advisory will be in effect until 10 p.m. today in the Riverside County mountains and mountains communities in San Bernardino County above 4,000 feet.
Snow levels in the Riverside County mountains will be around 3,000 feet this morning, then rise to about 4,000 feet Friday morning.
As of 9 p.m. Wednesday, Idyllwild had not reported receiving any snow, but Big Bear Lake in San Bernardino County got between 1-3 inches of frozen white flakes.
Idyllwild is expected to get 3 inches of snow through Friday morning, while Big Bear is expected to get another 2 inches of snow, forecasters said.
NWS officials warned that the snow could limit visibility and make roads slippery, so motorists should use caution while driving.
Rainfall totals through Friday are expected to reach two-tenths of an inch in the Riverside metropolitan area, seven-tenths of an inch in the San Gorgonio Pass, 1 inches in the mountains and one-tenth of an inch in the Coachella Valley.
The chance of measurable precipitation today is 70% in the Riverside metropolitan area and the mountains, while the San Gorgonio Pass and the Coachella Valley each have a 20% chance.
High temperatures today could reach 57 degrees in Riverside, 64 in the San Gorgonio Pass, 69 in the Coachella Valley, 37 in Idyllwild, 53 in Temecula and 54 in Hemet.
As of 3 a.m. today, Pinyon Pines had received the most rain over the last 24 hours, 0.41 of an inch, followed by 0.29 at Vail Lake, 0.26 in Cranston, 0.23 at Palm Springs International Airport, 0.2 in Murrieta, 0.16 in Temecula and Lake Elsinore and 0.15 on Mount San Jacinto.
Dry weather is expected on Friday and Saturday, but another low-pressure system is expected to arrive late Sunday night and bring mostly light rain into Wednesday, forecasters said.