Southern California Braces for Rain, Snow, and High Winds This Weekend

A brisk storm system is poised to sweep across Southern California, bringing with it a medley of rain, snow, and powerful winds that are expected to persist through Sunday morning.

As per the National Weather Service, the precipitation accompanying the storm will be characterized by its persistent but relatively light nature. Coastal regions and valleys across Los Angeles, Ventura, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties are anticipated to receive rainfall ranging from 0.5 to 1 inch, while higher elevations, including the foothills and mountains, could see accumulations of up to 3 inches.

Daytime temperatures will hover in the mid-to-upper 50s to low 60s throughout the weekend, providing a chilly backdrop to the wintry conditions.

Snowfall projections are contingent upon elevation, with significant accumulations expected above 6,500 feet, where 6 to 12 inches could accumulate. Elevations between 5,500 and 6,500 feet may see 3 to 6 inches of snow, while areas between 4,500 and 5,500 feet could receive 1 to 2 inches. Even the lower elevations, including portions along the 5 Freeway through the Grapevine, may experience a dusting of snow.

However, it’s the wind that poses the most significant concern with this weather system. The Weather Service warns of strong gusts across mountainous areas and interior valleys and deserts, where southwest winds of 35 to 45 mph are expected, accompanied by gusts reaching up to 80 mph. These conditions could lead to downed trees, power outages, and hazardous driving conditions, particularly in elevated areas.

High wind warnings have been issued for Apple and Lucerne valleys, as well as mountainous and desert regions, urging residents to exercise caution and remain vigilant.

Additionally, winter storm warnings are in effect for the mountains in Riverside and San Bernardino counties, highlighting the potential hazards posed by heavy snowfall and strong winds in these areas.

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As Southern California prepares to weather this stormy weekend, residents are advised to stay informed about changing weather conditions and take necessary precautions to ensure their safety in the face of adverse weather.

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