Just one week into Winter 2020, and a winter storm is forecast to bring heavy rain and mountain snow to Southern California during the final week of December 2020.
Showers are expected to drop between half an inch and an inch of rain in Riverside County, according to the National Weather Service.
Meanwhile, mountain areas between 4,500 and 5,500 feet will see two to six inches of snow, though the heaviest snow is expected to hit elevations above 5,500 feet, including the San Jacinto Mountains according to the NWS.
Those areas are forecast to receive 12 to 18 inches of snow.
Riverside County mountains are under a Winter Storm Warning from 8 a.m. Monday December 28th 2020 to 4 a.m. Tuesday December 29th 2020, with strong winds also forecast, which will further hamper driving.
Temperatures will dip below normal and stay that way until New Year’s Day.
Lows overnight will be between 38 and 45 degrees in the valleys and 22
to 32 degrees in the mountains, according to the NWS.
Highs in the valley on Monday will be between 50 and 55 degrees, with lows between 34 and 41 degrees, forecasters said. The mountains will see highs between 38 and 47 degrees on Monday, with lows between 21 and 31 degrees.
Close-Up of a White Dog, with his head poking out from a deep snow pile.
Photo by Alpha Media USA Portland OR