A storm system sweeping into Riverside County late Friday could bring rain through the weekend, forecasters said.
The Pacific storm system is expected to weaken as it makes way inland, but will have enough moisture to drop showers beginning late Friday evening and continuing through at least Saturday night, according to the National Weather Service.
A chance of showers will linger in the region through Sunday evening.
Rainfall totals from the weekend storm will range from a quarter-inch to a half-inch in the Riverside metropolitan area and Lake Elsinore, up to three-quarters of an inch in Temecula and the San Gorgonio Pass near Banning and less than one-tenth of an inch in the Coachella Valley, according to the NWS.
The county mountains could get anywhere between 1.25 to 1.6 inches of rain over the weekend and snow levels will drop to 7,000 feet by Saturday evening, forecasters said.
Strong and gusty winds will develop over the mountains and deserts on Saturday and continue through Saturday night.
It is unlikely that flooding, mud and debris flows will develop around the Cleveland National Forest and the Temescal Valley, according to the Riverside County Emergency Management Department.
A wide area skirting the eastern boundary of the Cleveland National Forest was left exposed to potential flood and mud damage because of the 23,000-acre Holy Fire in August. The arson blaze denuded steep terrain below Santiago Peak, permitting water to flow unchecked onto lower slopes where subdivisions are situated.
Heavy rainfall on Valentine’s Day resulted in significant flooding, prompting street closures and evacuations. A homeless woman died Feb. 14 when she was swept away by a heavy water flow in a concrete stormwater channel in Riverside, and several homes in Lake Elsinore were damaged by the downpour.
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