L.A. County remains dry, most of Southern California avoids Northern California storm system, but there is a chance of a severe thunderstorm watch for the Inland Empire beginning Friday night.
The storm is expected to move on Friday night through the weekend, according to the Storm Prediction Center.
However, it could still be a few days before the system pushes through the Inland Empire, the National Weather Service said.
“There is an excellent chance of a severe thunderstorm watch until Tuesday or Wednesday. It doesn’t mean you’re getting rain or wind, just a watch,” said meteorologist Steve Swenson.
Here’s what you need to know.
A thunderstorm watch or severe thunderstorm alert is issued when there is a chance of damaging wind gusts in excess of 50 mph or damaging hail.
A severe thunderstorm watch or severe thunderstorm warning indicates a storm is coming that poses a serious threat to life and property in a specific area. Storms that produce damaging wind gusts in excess of 50 mph and hail in excess of 1 inch are considered severe.
Here are the areas where a severe thunderstorm watch or severe thunderstorm warning has been issued today:
Pacific storms aren’t the only threat for the area Friday night into Saturday. Heavy rain, high winds are both possible, as a winter storm, according to the National Weather Service.
High wind gusts of 35 to 50 mph are also possible Friday night and Saturday, according to the Service’s storm forecast.
Meteorologist Tim Rennie said the winds could increase Friday night with the storm.
“We’re looking at somewhere between 35 and 50 for Friday night,” he said.
A winter storm warning means there is 50 percent or greater chance of rain or snow accumulations. A winter storm warning for Inland Empire.
“With the gusts Friday could be higher than normal,” Rennie said.
The storm could produce up to a foot of snow on the mountain tops, he said.
“The snow could be fairly heavy on the higher ground,” he said. “The gusts Friday night can create very hazardous driving conditions.”
Hazardous driving conditions means a storm could cause power outages and make it