Winter storm expected in Southern California and the high desert


The ancient weather folklore of March coming like a lion is about to come true in Southern California and the High Desert.

The National Weather Service expects winter storm conditions around early Friday morning through mid-morning, then again Friday afternoon through Sunday morning.

The mountains are expected to experience heavy snowfall, with rain, thunderstorms and gusty winds moving into parts of Southern California.

During the storm, less than a half inch of rain is expected to fall over Victor Valley, while nearly 1 to 3 inches of rain is expected to fall inland in areas from Cajon Pass south to the San Diego County.

Snow totals expected in the mountains of Southern California are 1 to 3 inches between 4,000 and 5,00 feet, 3 to 6 inches between the 5,000 and 6,500 foot level, and 6 to 12 inches above 6,500 feet.

Maximum wind gusts between 40 and 60 mph are expected to hit Barstow and south towards Victor Valley, mountain communities, Palm Springs, Borrego Springs and lower interior San Diego County.

Temperatures in Victor Valley on Friday are expected to reach the mid-50s, with Saturday lows in the 30s and highs in the 50s. Lows on Sunday and Monday are expected to be in the high 20s, with a maximum in the mid-1950s.

Daily Press reporter Rene Ray De La Cruz can be reached at 760-951-6227 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @DP_ReneDeLaCruz


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