Forecasters Warn, Prepare for Rain

Palm Desert, Banning and Beaumont should get some rain on Thursday.

A cold Pacific storm will bring rain, snow and gusty winds to Riverside County late Thursday through early Saturday, forecasters said today.

"A pair of Pacific low pressure systems will merge off the British Columbia coast Wednesday, then move southward along the west coast, moving through Southwest California Thursday night through early Saturday," according to the National Weather Service.

The agency said the storm will likely drop up to an inch of rain in the mountains.

Three to six inches of snowfall from the storm is expected above 4,000 feet with local amounts to 10 inches, mainly above 7,000 feet. The snow level could lower to 2,500 feet by Saturday, according to the weather service.

In the mountains and Coachella Valley, southwest to west winds are expected, with gusts of up to 55 miles per hour by Friday.

"This weather could be deadly for unprepared campers or hikers," according to an NWS advisory. "The combination of strong winds, low visibilities and snowfall could create hazardous travel conditions in the mountains, especially Friday and Friday night, with snow levels low enough to impact travel on Interstate 15 through the Cajon Pass."

Heavy showers also could cause local urban flooding, mainly Friday and Friday night, according to the weather service.

In Palm Desert, Thursday's temperatures were expected to be nice 72 degrees during the day. They were expected to drop to 45 degrees at night.

Banning will see patchy fog in the morning that will burn off by mid morning. Temperatures were expected to reach 45 degrees during the day. They were expected to drop to 40 degrees.

Beaumont was expected to start its Thursday at 58 degrees with temps dropping to 41 degrees at night.

Rain is forecast in all three cities.


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