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Winter storm to bring rain and snow to California

Published On: Feb 19 2013 08:54:32 AM CST   Updated On: Feb 19 2013 09:35:28 AM CST

Another winter storm is approaching California, where it's expected to bring freezing temperature, thunder, rain and snow as low as 1500 feet.
The National Weather Service says the storm from the Gulf of Alaska is expected to reach the state late Monday.

News Channel 3 meteorologist Jerry Steffen said, "There's a chance of showers tonight for the Coachella Valley and a good amount of snow through tomorrow."

Steffens added, "Snow level will drop to 2000 feet Tuesday night, and the Coachella Valley has a High Wind Warning through tomorrow with gusty West winds expected."

In Northern California, the heaviest snow is expected to drop Tuesday, bringing up to 10 inches above 3000 feet and 2 to 4 inches in the foothills above 2000 feet.
In Southern California, forecasters say temperatures will likely drop 10 to 15 degrees and snow could reach low-elevation mountain areas. A wind advisory warned of gusts up to 35 mph for coastal areas.

Steffens said, "With the snow level so low, travel may be very hazardous with a mix of snow and freezing rain along the I-10 stretch through the Banning Pass tonight through tomorrow morning."
The storm is expected to move out of the state by Wednesday.