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Tracking gusty winds, cooler temperatures, and mountain snow

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Temperatures on Saturday were nice and warm, above the seasonal average of 75°. Now, it's a new month, the start of March and temperatures are taking a dive for this Sunday afternoon.

We are tracking an area of low pressure that will continue to bring gusty winds, cooler temperatures, rain chances, and snow chances for local mountains.

Winds will be westerly 25-35 mph with gusts reaching up to 65 mph. Whitewater already logging gusts in the 60s for the early morning hours. A Wind Advisory is in effect through 3 a.m. Monday morning. Blowing sand and dust could reduce visibility, some power outages will be possible, as well as unsecured objects being blown around. Drive cautiously.

Wind gusts by 5 p.m. will include speeds in the 40s on the valley floor. La Quinta estimating a wind gust reading of 48 mph by the 5 p.m. hour.

For local mountains, we are expecting up to 2" of snow between elevations of 3,500 - 4,500 ft. and 2"-6" of snowfall in elevations of 4,500 - 6,500 ft. Localized areas could see up to 10" for areas in the San Bernardino mountains where elevations exceed 6,500 ft. A Winter Weather Advisory goes into effect at 10 a.m. Sunday through 10 a.m. Monday.

Temperatures will warm back into the 80s heading into the next week ahead. A slight chance for the valley floor to pick up on light rain tonight through tomorrow morning, though chances are not high.

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Taban Sharifi

Taban Sharifi is a Meteorologist and Reporter with KESQ News Channel 3, The Desert’s News & Weather Leader. Learn more about Taban here.

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