Winter storm to bring up to 2 feet of snow and gusty winds to San Bernardino Mountains

The Southern California mountains could see up to 2 feet of snow at the higher elevations as of Thursday, according to weather forecasts as a sustained winter storm marches through the region.

A winter storm warning is in effect for the San Bernardino Mountains above 7,000 feet through 6 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. The area is expected to receive 6 to 10 inches of snow over 7,500 feet and 1 to 2 feet of snow over 8,500 feet.

Snow depth in the San Bernardino Mountains will drop to about 6,000 feet after 3 p.m. and into the evening, according to weather forecasts, and the area could see 2 to 4 inches of rain above 6,500 feet.

Light snow speckled Big Bear City Airport Thursday morning, according to weather station monitors operated by the National Weather Service.

Expect 2 to 4 inches of snowfall above the 8,000-foot elevation and 6 to 10 inches on the highest peaks in the Riverside County mountains.

The amount of snowfall predicted is consistent with previous winter storms, which arrive on an atmospheric flux, a west-east flowing jet stream that can increase precipitation totals, said weather forecaster Casey Oswant of the National Weather Service in San Diego.

Wind gusts of up to 85 km/h are forecast in the mountain areas.

“It’s going to be pretty windy,” Oswant said. “Once you get into the mountains, when you’re at those higher elevations, there’s going to be dangerous conditions. People should try not to be out and about.”

A wind warning is in effect until 6 p.m. for the San Bernardino Mountains, Apple and Lucerne valleys including Crestline, Lake Arrowhead, Big Bear City, Big Bear Lake, Running Springs, Wrightwood, Victorville and Hesperia.

Southerly winds of 25 to 35 miles per hour and gusts up to 60 miles per hour are forecast, according to the National Weather Service. Officials are warning residents to watch out for fallen power lines and branches.

Large portions of the Inland Empire, San Bernardino, Riverside and Santa Ana mountains and foothills in Orange County will be monitored by flood tides through 4 p.m. Thursday. Winter storm to bring up to 2 feet of snow and gusty winds to San Bernardino Mountains

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