Change In The Weather For The Week Ahead

By Nikki Garrett Metzger

Managing Editor

(Victor Valley) – After a gorgeous weekend we will see a noticeable change this week as a series of storm systems take aim at Southern California bringing cooler temps and some rain to the area.

The National Weather Service in San Diego says a trough of low pressure should move inland late Tuesday causing temperatures to cool considerably and dropping some rain over the area. The High Desert could see light rain, maybe a tenth of an inch from this event. We’ll also be dealing with west winds gusting to 50 mph with this storm.

The system should bring snow to the mountains, starting around 7500 feet, and then dropping down to the 5500 foot level. This means that some of the higher elevations of the San Bernardino Mountains may see several inches of new snow.

Although drier conditions will develop for Thursday, another stronger and wetter system will bring more rain to the region for Friday and Saturday.  Snow levels are expected to fall to around 4500 feet by Friday afternoon, maybe locally lower with stronger showers through Saturday. We will also see gusty southwest to west winds in the desert from this system.

High pressure will then begin to build back across the region for Sunday, according to NWS.

Plan ahead – the Lyrid meteor shower starts April 16th and runs thru the 25th, peaking on the night of April 21st.  This is one of the better meteor showers because you can see up to 20 meteors per hour. It is rare (but does happen), sometimes you can see up to 100 meteors per hour.  There will be no moon in the sky on the night of the 21st making for a nice dark sky for meteor watching.

For more information about the Lyrid meteor shower visit NASA’s site: http://www.nasa.gov/connect/chat/lyrids2012_chat.html

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