(Victor Valley)– A cold storm system moved into the area early this morning bringing strong gusty winds and cold temperatures to the High Desert. This storm is expected to drop snow levels to 3500 feet this afternoon, and as low as 2500 feet this evening, according to the National Weather Service in San Diego.
Cynthia Palmer, meteorologist with the NWS said, “The biggest impact from this system for the High Desert will be the wind. A high wind warning is in effect, with highest wind expected this afternoon and evening. West wind 25 to 35 mph with local gusts to 60 mph are possible by this evening.”
Palmer also said we could see some rain in the desert, even some snow. There is a winter storm advisory in effect until 10pm for areas 3500 feet and above, including Wrightwood, the Cajon Pass, even the Phelan area. Snow levels are expected to fall to the 2500 foot level tonight. Areas could see 3 to 6 inches of new snow above 3500 feet from this storm.
The system should move out of the area by late tonight. It should be very cold on Tuesday with morning temperatures well below freezing according to the NWS.
“The rest of the week looks dry for the High Desert,” said Palmer. “The mountains could see a slight chance of rain Wednesday night and Thursday, even a slight chance of snow. Then we are expecting gradual warming into the weekend.”