Yucca Valley residents are already seeing snow, at least snow flurries, as a cold Winter storm moves into the Coachella Valley area.
Calls have flooded into our newsroom that the first snowflakes have fallen in the High Desert. Yucca Valley resident Wanda Gemson sent us video and pictures as the storm moved in just before noon.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for a good portion of SoCal running tonight through Wednesday afternoon. Snow levels will fall to around 2000-feet Wednesday morning. Several inches of snow expected in our area mountains by Wednesday with lighter amounts over the High Desert.
Very cold air will then filter into the Coachella Valley with overnight lows (just before sunrise on New Year’s Day morning) ranging from 32-degrees in Palm Springs to 22-degrees in Thermal. Warmer temps (mid-60s) will return to the Valley by Saturday.
The California Highway Patrol is reporting that rain is also falling in the Banning Pass. So far no road closures to report.
Check back for updates throughout the day.