Heavy rain in Anaheim
Heavy rain in Anaheim on Wednesday night. Courtesy OnScene.TV

A winter storm will continue to affect Riverside County and other parts of the Southland Thursday — bringing showers and a chance of thunderstorms, as well as periods of heavy snow in the mountains, the National Weather Service said.

The storm system, which landed in the area on Wednesday, is expected to continue into at least Thursday and possibly into Friday.

A winter weather advisory was in effect until 10 a.m. Thursday for Riverside valleys and Inland Empire above 2,500 feet.

The forecast in those areas called for mostly cloudy skies with a chance of showers and a slight chance of thunder showers Thursday and into Friday night before becoming sunny Saturday. Dense fog was also expected.

In the mountains, a winter storm warning remained in effect until 10 p.m. Thursday, with additional snow accumulations of 5 to 9 inches above 3,500 feet, as well as localized amounts up to 16 inches, expected. Dense fog was also in the forecast.

“Be prepared for significant reductions in visibility at times,” the NWS warned.

Heavy snow and gusty winds may also result in some downed tree limbs and power outages, the weather service said.

Wednesday, the weather service had warned of possible snow accumulations of 2 to 5 inches in the mountains between 3,000 and 4,000 feet; 6 to 12 inches between 4,000 and 5,000 feet; and 12 to 20 inches above 5,000 feet.

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