RIVERSIDE (CNS) – The second storm system of the week will make its way into southern California tonight, but this system will bring much less rain than the last one.
The low-pressure system currently off the coast of central California will make its way south, bringing cooler weather and periods of showers through Thursday night, according to the National Weather Service. No showers are expected in the Coachella Valley for the duration of the storm.
Rainfall totals through Friday morning are expected to reach three-tenths of an inch in the mountains, one-tenth of an inch in the Riverside metropolitan area and two-tenths of an inch in the San Gorgonio Pass near Banning.
The chance of measurable precipitation tonight is 20% in the Riverside metropolitan area and the San Gorgonio Pass near Banning, while the mountains have a 30% chance.
The NWS issued a winter weather advisory that will be in effect from 7 p.m. today to midnight Thursday in the mountains communities above 4,000 feet in Riverside and San Bernardino counties.
Snow levels will drop to around 4,000 feet tonight and Idyllwild could get up to two inches of snow by late Thursday night, forecasters said.
The mountains that sit in San Bernardino County are also expected to receive about two inches of snow near the 4,000-foot level, but the highest peaks could get up to six inches.
NWS officials advised that visibility will be limited and travel could be difficult because of falling snow.
High temperatures today could reach 60 degrees in Riverside, 67 in the San Gorgonio Pass, 75 in the Coachella Valley, 40 in Idyllwild, 55 in Temecula and 56 in Hemet.
Dry weather is expected on Friday and no rain is in the forecaster through at least early next week, forecasters said. Temperatures will warm slightly over the weekend before heating up further at the start of the week.