A powerful storm is expected to bring showers, snow and gusty conditions to Riverside County on Monday and Tuesday.

National Weather Service forecasters have dubbed it “the most significant storm of the season.”

Temperatures on Monday will be below average ahead of the storm’s arrival from the northwest.

Inland areas west of the Riverside County mountains could see up to 1.5 inches of rain while the low desert could see between a quarter to a half inch of rain, the NWS said.

A winter weather watch will go into effect beginning late Monday night through late Tuesday night for mountain areas above 6,000 feet in elevation, which forecasters said could see total snow accumulations of 6 to 12 inches.

Areas above 7,000 feet could see the most significant snowfall with up to 24 inches, the NWS said.

Additionally, mountain communities should brace themselves for gusts of up to 70 mph, along with heavy fog and blowing snow, which will create low visibility and treacherous travel conditions, the NWS warned.

The storm will move through Southern California before exiting to the east by Tuesday evening, though periods of damaging winds are expected to continue though Tuesday night across the region, according to the NWS.

Cool temperatures will persist throughout the week with the possibility of additional light showers late Thursday into Friday, forecasters said.

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