A cold air mass lingering over the Inland Empire Friday morning prompted the National Weather Service to issue a freeze warning for areas west of the mountains.

The freeze warning covers the Inland Empire and the Riverside metropolitan area, including Riverside, Corona and the Moreno Valley, and will expire at 9 a.m. Friday. Until then, meteorologists warned that extended exposure to the cold can cause hypothermia.

Temperatures in those areas could drop to the upper 20s Friday morning, forecasters said.

The Coachella Valley wasn’t included in the advisory, but temperatures there were expected to be in the mid-30s Friday morning.

The freeze warning signifies sub-freezing temperatures that will kill crops and other sensitive vegetation and could harm outdoor pets and livestock.

NWS officials warned that roads could also be icy in spots.

As of 3 p.m. Thursday, a low-pressure storm system had dropped 10 inches of snow in Idyllwild over the past two days. In Anza, 2 inches of snow had fallen as of 10 a.m. Thursday and the Banning Bench got 3 inches by noon.

Officials from Caltrans District 8 remind motorists who are attempting to get into the mountain communities to bring chains.

Various homeless shelters can be accessed throughout Riverside County.

For more information on homeless shelters in Riverside County, visit www.riverside.networkofcare.org/aging/services/subcategory.aspx?tax=BH- 1800.8500.

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