The Inland Empire is bracing for a cold, wet snap

Published On : 2/7/2013 1:02 PM
From : KVCR
Categories : Local, State

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Get ready for a substantial change in Inland Empire weather over the next couple of days.

A cold low pressure system from the Pacific Northwest has been moving its way down the west coast, expected to hit the Inland Empire by tonight

“That will bring rainfall to the Inland Empire and snow to the local mountains possibly down to around 25-hundred feet or so.”

You heard right. National Weather Service Meteorologist Tina Stahl did indeed say the snow level could drop to 25-hundred feet, meaning that up to a couple of inches of snow could fall in the eastern inland valleys. For the most part, the valleys will get a steady rainfall.

Saturday, the rain will start to taper off, but inland valley temperatures will continue to be chilly through the weekend, with highs from the upper 40s to the mid 50s, and overnight lows as low as the upper 20s to mid 30s.

In the mountains, three to six inches of snow could accumulate above 4-thousand feet, and from ten inches to maybe a foot of snow could fall on the San Bernardino mountain ski resorts. Oh yes, and then there’s the wind, says Tina Stahl.

“Winds will be gusty as well. The strongest gusts will be near the ridge tops, could be up to 65 miles per hour. Elsewhere it shouldn’t be too bad, possibly gusting in the 50s.”

The Weather Service says the stormy weather should have passed through the Inland Empire by Sunday, but high temperatures likely won’t get much above the 50s or 60s through most of next week.

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