Rain and snow are likely to stick around over Riverside County after Christmas and into next week, according to the National Weather Service.

Showers were predicted Saturday afternoon, with the “next stronger wave Saturday night into early Sunday.”

Snow levels were expected to fall to 5,000 feet, with up to a foot of snow possible. Strong winds could occur in the mountains and deserts, with gusts over 50 mph possible especially from the mountain crests to the desert slopes, the NWS said.

A winter storm warning is in effect for the mountains from 6 p.m. Saturday to 10 a.m. Sunday.

Overnight lows Saturday night will drop into the upper 30s and 40s, and into the 20s in parts of the mountains.

Heavy rains developed Thursday and Friday over the Inland Empire with the arrival of a cold storm that originated from the west coast of Canada.

The rain caused some flooding and road closures in the Palm Springs area. The Palm Springs Police Department said Friday that East Vista Chino between Gene Autry and Cathedral City, and North Gene Autry from Interstate 10 to East Via Escuela, both reopened.

No reopening notice was given for Indian Canyon Drive from Tramview Road to Palm Springs Station Road and Araby Drive up to the Whitewater Wash, which were also closed due to flooding.

Even more stormy weather is likely to roll into the area next week. Another system is expected Monday into early Tuesday, which will produce even heavier precipitation, possibly lowering the snow level to 3,000 feet, the NWS said.

Chilly weather with periods of precipitation are expected into late next week.

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