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Weather Service Issues Special Statement On This Week's Cold Storm

High temperatures Thursday are expected to be 10 to 15 degrees below seasonal averages.

Weather forecasters issued a special statement Tuesday advising residents of impending wintry weather.

According to the National Weather Service, a cold low pressure system will move over the Inland Empire from the Gulf of Alaska late Wednesday through late Thursday, with lingering rain expected Friday.

“This system will bring widespread rain, mountain snow, and gusty onshore winds in the mountains and deserts. The brunt of the precipitation is expected Wednesday night into Thursday morning. Very cold air aloft may cause isolated
thunderstorms to form during the day Thursday,” the NWS reported Tuesday.

Moderate rain is expected west of the mountains, with total rainfall forecast from one-half to three-quarters of an inch, according to the NWS.

Along with possible thunderstorms Thursday, some hail, gusty winds, and “dangerous cloud-to-cloud lightning” is expected, the NWS reported.

The snow level could drop as low as 4,000 feet, and snow flurries are possible in the high desert, the NWS reported.

High temperatures Thursday are expected to be 10 to 15 degrees below seasonal averages. The daytime high temperature in Thursday is expected to be 58 degrees in Lake Elsinore, with an overnight low of 38, according to the NWS.

censored messenger December 11, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Next time we complain about the searing heat in August/September? Keep in mind days like Thursday when we really wouldn't want it any colder....would we? We are blessed weather-wise...All my Canadian friends are either in Mexico or in frigid bunkers waiting for April...
Ricki Lynn Miller December 11, 2012 at 07:23 PM
Woud love to see it snow here in Wildomar again...only happend once since we moved here. What a wonderful gift of a white christmas!
Rita December 11, 2012 at 07:29 PM
Bring on the rain........... Just make sure San Jacinto gets it this time........ Lol
Danielle Hall December 11, 2012 at 08:18 PM
I would love for it to be colder...yes I know most wouldn't. But I really hate the heat and being raised in Temecula and now living in Elsinore, I'm ready for cold. And before any haters out there tell me to move...trust me I wish I could, but I won't uproot my teenagers and well I'm upside down on my house.
Nurses Are Angels December 12, 2012 at 02:59 AM
As a native Californian, and lover of our lovely weather, it is refreshing when we do get some kind of 'season' other than HOT. The clear night skies, shining stars&planets, wonderful sunsets...we are so blessed with where we live. Just sayin. :)
Scott T December 12, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Bring on the rain our lake needs it badly
Reverend Smith December 12, 2012 at 09:01 PM
From the looks of the weather radar maps, this wet one may pass to the north just like the last one. Another cold and dry, killer winter looks to be in store.
Tammi Sharp December 13, 2012 at 12:44 AM
Really hope we get some good rain this time. Last couple storms have been kind of disappointment. We did not get much rain. I love cold rainy weather. It would be awesome if it could snow too. Maybe its because I'm from chicago but its really difficult to get in the christmas spirit when you are christmas shopping in shorts and tank tops.so bring on the cold and the rain
Reverend Smith December 13, 2012 at 01:44 AM
The dust bowl is back. The Maya, the Anastasie - many civilizations have come and gone on this continent due to protracted drought that causes mass migrations and kills millions, resulting in virtual extinction of whole civilizations. The perfect solution of Southern California's overpopulation.
Old Gringo December 13, 2012 at 05:16 AM
Let it snow.
L.K. RES December 13, 2012 at 06:44 PM
come on sun you can do it, break through the clouds

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