what to know
- The rain will come in waves through Wednesday.
- San Bernardino County declared an emergency in the area, so travelers beware: You’ll likely be turned away if you head into the snow.
- Strong winds are expected to begin.
Although Southern California is still reeling from a major storm, residents can expect a weaker storm to continue to drizzle the region before it turns into a downpour, while residents of the Inland Empire are covered or not covered by the snow.
San Bernardino County declared an emergency in the area and roads are closed.
Residents are snowed in or snowed in. Lauren Coronado reports on February 28, 2023.
The Arrowhead division of the California Highway Patrol said the 330 and 18 freeways are open to resident escorts and emergency workers, and residents must show proof of residence.
One resident hasn’t been home in several days, while a San Diegan went out to go snowboarding, only to be turned back at lockdown.
moment of the storm
SoCal residents woke up to rain in Orange County and the Inland Empire, but meteorologist Belen De Leon says the region will get a short break from snow and rain until it starts again.
Winds will increase and an advisory may be issued, a concern for further damage to trees considering saturated soils. Low snow levels are possible again. A mix of rain and snow could again hit some of the lower mountain passes, higher valleys and foothill communities.
Tuesday at noon
Residents will see scattered showers inland and snow on the mountains.
Ventura County residents can expect a wet drive home before the storm moves east across SoCal.
In the evening, the rain will begin to increase. It will be torrential rain in the cities of Orange County and the Inland Empire, coming from the west.
By Wednesday morning around 4 am, you can expect more snow on the mountains and more rain across the region, with the downpour finally ending Wednesday night.
From 2 to 10 pm, there will be a warning for high winds and difficult travel in the deserts and mountains, in areas like Victorville.
Looking to the future
The end of the week will be drier with slightly warmer temperatures.
An interesting weather fact: Downtown Los Angeles could hit 60 degrees Thursday for the first time in eight days, ending one of the coldest spells in downtown Los Angeles since January 2005.
Total Rain Estimates
Rainfall estimates will oscillate between 0.50 and 1.00” for the coasts/valleys and between 1 and 3” on the slopes/mountains. Rain rates will be around 0.25”/hr, below the USGS threshold for debris flow, but that cannot be ruled out due to recent rainfall.
Total Snow Estimates
Snow estimates 10 to 20” above 5,000 feet, with gusts up to 50 mph. Travel through the passes could be affected on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.
Images of owners emerge already showing a very snowy scene.