Environment & Science

Showers expected in Orange County, San Bernardino County and Inland Empire

This photo provided by the Kern County, Calif., Fire Department shows firefighters at the site of a 20-vehicle pileup on U.S. Highway 99 in the southern San Joaquin Valley just south of Bakersfield, Calif., Monday, Nov. 2, 2015. Gusts of wind and rain whipped up dust that dropped visibility to near zero. Five people with minor injuries were taken to hospitals. The first winter-like storm of the season brought rain and snow to California as a cold front from the Pacific Northwest dropped nearly an inch of rain by midday on some cities in the San Francisco Bay Area.
This photo provided by the Kern County, Calif., Fire Department shows firefighters at the site of a 20-vehicle pileup on U.S. Highway 99 in the southern San Joaquin Valley just south of Bakersfield, Calif., Monday, Nov. 2, 2015. Gusts of wind and rain whipped up dust that dropped visibility to near zero. Five people with minor injuries were taken to hospitals. The first winter-like storm of the season brought rain and snow to California as a cold front from the Pacific Northwest dropped nearly an inch of rain by midday on some cities in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Tyler Townsend/AP

Get your umbrellas out — A cold front moving in Monday evening will bring showers to Orange County, the Inland Empire and San Bernardino County that will continue into Tuesday morning.

"We're looking at anywhere from a tenth of an inch to a quarter of an inch in Orange County and the Inland Empire," Stephen Harrison, meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said. 

Roughly a half-inch to three-quarters of an inch are expected in the mountains, he said, adding that Tuesday's showers could be followed by isolated showers in some areas Wednesday as wel.

There is a chance about  1 to 4 inches of snow could fall in areas 8,000 feet above sea level Monday night. By early Tuesday, the areas seeing snow could broaden to those above 6,000 feet.

It'll be windy as well.

A wind advisory is in effect for mountains and high deserts until 3 a.m. Tuesday, blowing west to southwest at around 20 to 30 mph with gusts of 55 mph. It's possible areas near desert slopes and foothills could get local gusts of 65 mph, Harrison said.  

These conditions could make for dangerous driving conditions along Interstate 10 through the San Gorgonio pass and Highway 247 near the Lucerne Valley, Harrison said.

These winds won't be like the Santa Anas that blew through the L.A. area last week, he said. "These winds will be colder and they are going to be over the mountains and deserts as opposed to the coast and valleys." 

The winter wind and rains have already caused havoc in some areas of the state. The Associated Press reports strong winds whipped up dust in Central California, blocking drivers' views and causing a 20-collision pile-up:

The big collision happened shortly after noon on southbound State Route 99 a few miles south of Bakersfield, said California Highway Patrol Scott Jobinger. Traffic backed up for three miles.

Five people with minor injuries were taken to hospitals, Kern County Fire Department spokesman Tyler Townsend said. There were no serious injuries.

The news wire reported storms dumped around 5 inches of snow in the Sierra Nevada in areas between Yosemite to Kings Canyon. 

This story has been updated.