Light rain and snow will saturate parts of the Inland Empire Friday, in one of a series of weak systems forecast to swipe the region, according to the National Weather Service.
The agency said precipitation amounts will generally be a tenth to three-tenths of an inch, with most of the rain and snow falling Friday morning.
“A dusting of snow could occur above 6,000 feet in the mountains,” the NWS said. “Winds will be gusty in the mountains, desert slopes and deserts, with gusts topping out at 30 to 40 mph.”
Weather Service prognostication charts showed four troughs of low pressure stacked up between California and the Gulf of Alaska. However, most of the energy associated with the systems will be concentrated in Central and Northern California, leaving Riverside County and other Southern California locations with little storm front exposure, according to the NWS.
After Friday, there is another chance of precipitation early next week, forecasters said, but the amounts are likely to be insubstantial, if anything materializes at all.
Winds generated by the systems will be pronounced through the weekend, with westerly gusts sometimes reaching 50 mph in mountains and passes, according to meteorologists.
The highs in the Riverside metropolitan area between Friday and Sunday will hover in the mid-60s, while the mercury will edge into the mid-70s throughout the Coachella Valley, and the Temecula Valley will be similar to Riverside, in the mid-60s.
Lows for all areas are forecast to range from 40 to 50 degrees.