Another storm will blow into Southern California starting Thursday night, March 1, bringing in rain and snow that is expected to last until Saturday, forecasters said. It follows showers earlier this week that brought much-needed moisture to a thirsty region.
The winter squall may bring as much as 2 inches of rain to mountainous areas in San Bernardino County but most other places in the Southland will receive about half an inch, the National Weather Service said.
Thursday temperatures will warm up but they will still be cooler than normal, according to forecasters. In Torrance, 58 degrees will be the high on Thursday and 49 will be the low. Further inland in Pasadena, numbers will be slightly higher with 61 degrees during the day and 52 at night.
(See more weather highs and lows below.)
After about 10 p.m. Thursday, showers will move into Orange County as well as some wind gusts up to 10 mph. Anaheim will reach 64 degrees during the day at hit a low of 50 degrees at night. Coastal cities such as Laguna Beach will be slightly cooler at 61 during peak day and 47 in the evening.
In San Bernardino and Riverside County, the moisture brought in by the storm was going to top the mountains with snow, a welcome development during a dry winter.
Two inches of snow were expected Thursday night in the Big Bear area and the National Weather Service forecasts up to five by Friday before the moisture tapers off Saturday. Snow was also expected to fall through Saturday in the Mt. San Jacinto area.
Showers will continue Friday and are expected to fall for much of the day and many areas could get wind gusts up to 20 mph.
Friday showers will continue the cooling trend of the week, with areas like Corona reaching 60 degrees during the day and 42 degrees at night. Residents of areas affected by recent wildfires, including foothill neighborhoods in Corona, were advised to be prepared for flooding and debris runoff.
After Saturday, showers will begin tapering off and will continue for warmer weather starting next week.
The NWS forecast mostly cloudy skies in L.A. County during daytime hours today and highs of 48 degrees on Mount Wilson; 56 in Palmdale and Lancaster; 57 in Santa Clarita; 58 in Torrance, San Gabriel and Burbank; 59 in Avalon, San Pedro, North Hollywood and Van Nuys; 60 in Long Beach, Northridge and at LAX; 61 in downtown L.A., West Covina and Pasadena; and 62 in Whittier and Woodland Hills.
Rain is forecast in Orange County, along with highs of 58 in San Clemente; 60 in Yorba Linda and Mission Viejo; 62 in Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Irvine and Fullerton; 63 in Anaheim; and 64 in Santa Ana. Showers are forecast in Orange County Friday, followed by three days of sunshine.
In San Bernardino County today, it will be 37 in Running Springs; 39 in Big Bear; 50 in Wrightwood; 53 in Hesperia; 55 in Yucaipa; 57 in Victorville; 59 in Rancho Cucamonga; 60 in Ontario and Redlands; and 62 in San Bernardino.
In Riverside County, forecasted highs today are 60 in Lake Elsinore and Menifee; 61 in Temecula, Perris and Hemet; 62 in Murrieta and Riverside; 66 in Desert Hot Springs; 69 in Indio, Palm Springs and Palm Desert; and 71 in Blythe.
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Source: Oc Register