Light, scattered showers will continue throughout Friday morning in parts of Riverside County, bringing to an end a strong Pacific storm that never delivered the heavy rains and flash flooding potential it was expected to bring Riverside County.
The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch several days in advance of the storm for Riverside, Corona and Moreno Valley, and officials in Corona on Wednesday, fearing heavy rains would trigger mud and debris fields, ordered mandatory evacuations of neighborhoods below the burn scar of the 2,600-acre Canyon Fire from last September.
But on Thursday, authorities in Corona lifted the evacuation orders after emergency officials realized the storm had less intensity than was forecast by the National Weather Service.
The flash flood watch, slated to expire at 10 a.m. Friday, was canceled early Friday morning, about seven hours ahead of schedule.
“Most of the rain has been over San Bernardino and Orange Counties, with lighter and more isolated showers further south,” the NWS said Friday. “Expect (scattered and light) showers to end by late morning, followed by cool and dry weather for the remainder of the day.”
As of 3 p.m. Thursday, Mount San Jacinto was the only location in Riverside County that had received more than inch of precipitation in the previous 48 hours. Several areas west of the mountains received about a quarter-inch during that span, while no location in the Coachella Valley had received more than a quarter-inch between 3 p.m. Tuesday and 3 p.m. Thursday.
As the last weak remnants of the storm clear out Friday, the weather will begin to warm up for most areas. High temperatures Friday will be 64 to 69 degrees in the Riverside metropolitan area, 55 to 64 in the mountains, 73 to 78 in the San Gorgonio Pass and 78 to 83 in the Coachella Valley.
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