Nice Start To The Week, But Cold Storm Coming This Weekend

By Nikki Garrett Metzger

Managing Editor

(Victor Valley) – The work week started nicely enough –typical days for the High Desert toward the end of winter. And we’ll see pretty much the same until Friday.  Mostly sunny days with highs in the uppers 60s to low 70s, clear and breezy nights with lows in the upper 30s to low 40s.

The big news coming from the National Weather Service in San Diego is a strong cold pacific storm system that is expected to move slowly inland this weekend. While there is still some uncertainty as the time and location of the more significant impacts…Friday night through early Monday should be much cooler with periods of strong gusty west winds, and locally heavy precipitation with low snow levels.

Southwest to west wind could gust 50-60 mph in the desert, with some gusts as high as 75 mph at times, according to NWS. This could cause blowing dust and sand, reducing visibility. Strongest gusts are expected below passes and canyons.

Rainfall totals are expected to be one inch or less in the desert from Friday night through early Monday. Snow level 5000 feet lowering to 2000 to 3000 feet Saturday night and Sunday morning.  Locally lower Sunday night and Monday morning. NWS says models show there could be several inches of snowfall along the foothills, in the High Desert, and Valley locations between 2000 and 3000 feet. A foot or more of snow is possible at elevations between 3000 and 6000 feet. For the mountains above 6000 feet…two feet or more of snow are possible.

We’ll keep you updated as the storm moves closer and the forecast is narrowed down.

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