Snow forecast 2 to 3 feet on Mount San Jacinto, flood watch for valleys

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, CA – With heavy downpours and the possibility of flooding in some locations forecast Tuesday, the Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department is offering free empty sandbags to residents of many fire stations around the county.

The Riverside County Department of Emergency Services provided this map listing where sand can be obtained to fill the bags: -and-sandbags.

The sandbags are offered amid a flood watch issued by the National Weather Service that is in effect from noon Tuesday through 7 a.m. Wednesday for the Riverside metro area, as well as the Pass area and Southwest County. River side.

The valleys are expected to receive between 1 and 2 inches of precipitation as the storm system moves in from the northwest. The Coachella Valley should see 0.25 to 0.50 inches while the mountains could see up to 9 inches.

According to the NWS, the heaviest squalls of rain are expected Tuesday afternoon and evening, with lighter rains through dawn Wednesday. In addition to the flood watch, a wind advisory is in effect for Riverside County from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday.

Mountain snow levels are expected to drop to 6,000 feet by Wednesday morning, with snow accumulations of 2 to 3 feet above 8,000 feet, and up to 6 inches possible as low as 6,000 feet, reported the NWS.

Riverside County’s Mount San Jacinto, which is above 10,000 feet, has a winter storm warning from 10 a.m. Tuesday to 4 p.m. Wednesday, according to the NWS.

— Patch editor Toni McAllister and City News Service contributed to this report.

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