Rain and snow are likely to stick around Riverside County for most of the week, according to the National Weather Service.
Showers from a Christmas storm were predicted to end Sunday morning, but another storm is expected to bring strong gusty winds and another round of rain Monday through early Tuesday with the most significant precipitation Monday afternoon and evening, according to the National Weather Service.
Rainfall is expected to range from 1 to 2 inches in the mountains, while amounts in the deserts will mostly be one-quarter inch or less.
Snow levels were expected at around 4,000 feet on Monday, then around 3,500 feet late Monday night. Several inches of snowfall is possible in the mountains above 4,000 to 4,500 feet.
Forecasters were less sure about Wednesday through Friday, but speculated that one inch or more could fall Wednesday followed by diminishing chances for measurable precipitation each day going into the weekend.
Temperatures will continue to be below average during the day and at night, with Tuesday’s highs possible nearing record lows for the date.
Sunday’s highs in the mountains were in the upper 30s and 40s, with lows dropping into the 20s. That pattern was expected to hold for the next few days, with temperatures rising only slightly on Friday.
In the valleys, forecasters called for highs in the upper 40s and lower 50s, shifting into the 50s Thursday and Friday, and lows in the 30s all week.
In the Coachella Valley, highs were in the 60s Sunday but were expected to drop into the 50s and lower 60s for the rest of the week, with lows in the upper 30s and 40s.
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.