A brisk winter storm that moved into Southern California on Tuesday brought chilly temperatures, strong winds gusts, and scattered rain showers and snow, conditions that forecasters said would last until Wednesday.
Tuesday afternoon saw temperatures in the 50s for coastal valley regions between the coast and Santa Ana Mountain foothills while mountain temperatures in San Bernardino County and Riverside County were in the 30s and 40s with wind gusts up to 50 mph, according to the National Weather Service.
The heaviest precipitation and snowfall were expected late Tuesday night into early Wednesday morning.
A winter storm warning for the mountain areas in San Bernardino County, including Interstate 15 through the Cajon Pass, was issued by the National Weather Service until noon Wednesday. Light snowfall was expected at 2000 feet with 4 to 6 inches expected at 4000 to 6000 feet and 6 to 12 inches above 6000 feet with greater amounts on higher peaks.
Officials also issued warnings for possible heavy snow in mountain areas of Riverside County until 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Los Angeles County was expected to receive relatively light, but scattered, rainfall Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday morning. Snow totals of around 1 to 3 inches were anticipated for elevations above 2500 feet.
By Tuesday afternoon, the top wind gusts were registered at the Toro Peak in Riverside at 74 mph, Cajon Pass at 45 mph, Chino Hills at 43 mph, and Jurupa Valley at 40mph.
Lytle Creek Canyon in San Bernardino had the highest 24 hour precipitation total at .79 inches by 4 p.m. Tuesday.
Lake Arrowhead had received 1 inch of snow at 5200 feet Tuesday morning.
“This system is part of a wave traversing the west coming from the Pacific North West area,” said Brian Adams, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
The system is expected to be gone by Thursday morning. Temperatures will remain chilly to start, by Saturday and into Sunday, temperatures will be notably warmer, Adams said.