A trough of low pressure digging along the West Coast will return wet weather to Southern California late Saturday through Monday, the National Weather Service is reporting.
While rainfall is forecast beginning Saturday night in some areas of the region, the brunt of the precipitation will hit Southwest Riverside County Monday, according to the NWS.
Rainfall totals from the storm are expected to be between a quarter and a half inch over the coast and valleys, and up to seven inches of new snow will fall above 6,000 feet, according to the NWS.
Southwest to west winds gusting 35 to 50 mph over the mountains and deserts are expected from the storm, with gusts of 25 knots or higher over the coastal waters, the agency reported.
Weather forecasters are still predicting partly cloudy skies for Christmas Day in Southwest Riverside County, with the daytime high expected to reach 65 degrees on the holiday.