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Heavy Rain, Strong Winds, and Mountain Snowfall are in the Forecast for Thursday-Friday

VICTOR VALLEY, Calif. ( — According to the latest forecast information from the National Weather Service (NWS), residents can expect a period of heavy rain and thunderstorms, predominantly on February 1, 2024, between 9 AM and 3 PM. The NWS said conditions could include rapid downpours capable of affecting visibility and travel plans.

Strong winds are expected to prevail Wednesday night into early Thursday afternoon, with eventual westward shifts anticipated post-rainfall, continuing through to Saturday.

Current warnings issued by the authorities include a Flood Watch for regions from the coastline extending to the desert plateaus, effective from Thursday morning through to Friday morning. Peak risk for substantial rainfall and potential thunderstorms is earmarked for a 9am to 3pm window on Thursday, alerting communities to make necessary preparations.

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(A map of forecast snowfall totals Thursday through Friday. Most likely snow accumulations: 12-24 inches above 8000 feet, 6 to 12 inches between 7000-8000 feet, 2 to 6 inches 6000-7000 feet, 1 to 3 inches 4000 to 6000 feet. — photo courtesy of NWS)

Additionally, a High Wind Watch has been activated for all coastal areas, including the Santa Ana Mountains, Inland Empire, and the valleys of San Diego County from the early hours of 4am extending until 4pm on Thursday. Forecasts predict south winds to maintain speeds of 20-30 mph with gusts potentially soaring up to 40-50 mph. The subsequent transition to westerly winds is slated to follow on Thursday evening.

Mountainous regions are not exempt from the advisory notices, with a Winter Storm Watch in place for parts of the San Bernardino and Riverside County Mountains from 5am Thursday to 4pm Friday.

It is predicted that snow levels will initially range between 6,500 to 7,000 feet before dramatically decreasing to an altitude of between 4,500 and 5,000 feet by late afternoon or evening. Residents in the San Diego County Mountains should prepare for light snowfall as the system passes.

Looking ahead to next week, weather patterns suggest a continued active phase with a new storm system predicted to arrive on Sunday. The window for precipitation extends into midweek, with Monday night through Tuesday forecasted to bear the brunt of the rain—which might persist for several consecutive inches.

However, finer details reflecting exact precipitation volumes and corresponding snow levels are yet to be ascertained.

(The 6-10 Day Precipitation Outlook from the Climate Prediction Center, which maintains a 70-90% chance of above normal precipitation for Southern California during the February 6th through the 10th time frame. – NWS)

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