A winter storm will fall in SoCal on Thursday, bringing with it the possibility of rain and gusty winds to the desert, so the Early Warning Weather Team issued a First Alert weather alert for Thursday from noon Thursday to noon Friday.

Most models indicate precipitation between 0.10 “and 0.30” from Thursday afternoon to early Friday morning, with potential for more in the West Valley. Heavy rains are possible for local mountains and nearby burn scars. Flash flood potential for areas west of the Coachella Valley will be closely monitored in the coming days.

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Light snow will be possible in our local mountains at higher elevations, but due to the heat of the incoming system, rain is more likely.

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Winds will be gusty throughout Thursday afternoon and evening, with gusts of 50 mph possible through early Friday.

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We will keep the cloud cover today and tomorrow, but the system pushing these clouds inward is currently from the southwest, so the maximums will remain in the upper 60s and lower 70s. By Thursday, the colder lows are falling and we’ll be cooling off.

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After the storm on Thursday and Friday, a series of weak troughs will persist near the California coast, so we could see periods of showers throughout the weekend. This will be more likely for areas west of the valley.

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If you haven’t already, please download the KESQ First Alert weather app so you can get all the latest forecast details and updates as they happen!