Rains, along with gusty winds, were expected to hit Riverside County Monday, with the precipitation increasing through the afternoon before tapering off Monday evening and becoming partly cloudy overnight.

The rains will not be nearly as intense or destructive as those that hit northern California and the Pacific Northwest, but the now-weaker weather system taking aim at the Southland is part of that system.

It was expected to pass through the area and head east, according to the National Weather Service.

Meanwhile, a wind advisory will be in effect until 2 p.m. Tuesday for the Riverside County Mountains and San Gorgonio Pass near Banning. South winds becoming west were expected to range between 20 and 30 mph Monday afternoon, with gusts to 55 mph expected.

The strongest winds were expected to be on the desert slopes of the mountains and in the northern Coachella Valley below the San Gorgonio Pass, the NWS said.

In the Riverside mountains, the forecast called for drizzle and areas of fog Monday afternoon, continuing into the evening, then partly cloudy skies overnight.

Recent burn areas could experience minor mud and debris flows, but rainfall rates were not expected to create concerns for older burn areas, the weather service said.

Sunny conditions with temperatures in the mid-60s to lower 70s were expected in metropolitan Riverside County, with temps topping out in the mid-60s in the mountains.

The weather service warned that the gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects, tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may result. Drivers — especially those in high-profile vehicles, were urged to use caution.

The storm was not expected to bring significant snow to the area, with levels remaining well above 8,000 feet, forecasters said.

Dry and warmer conditions are expected during the rest of the week.

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