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Cold front moving through Riverside County today

Published On: Dec 18 2012 07:49:02 AM CST
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RIVERSIDE, Calif. -

The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory effective from 4 a.m. to 10 p.m. for mountain areas above 6,000 feet, where up to eight inches of snow is expected. A winter weather advisory means that periods of snow will cause travel difficulties, including slippery roads and limited visibility, forecasters said.

Along with snow, dense fog was expected in higher elevations this morning, and strong winds were expected throughout the day. A dense fog advisory for the mountains was scheduled to expire at 9 a.m.

According to the Weather Service, there will be sustained west winds of 20 to 30 miles per hour, with gusts up to 50 mph on ridge tops and lower desert slopes.

"A cold front will push across San Bernardino County Tuesday morning and across western Riverside County Tuesday afternoon," according to an NWS advisory. "Snow levels will drop to 4,500 feet behind the front, but accumulations between 4,500 feet and 6,000 feet are expected to be less than four inches."

Rainfall totals from the cold front were expected to be light to moderate for areas along and west of the mountains, ranging from up to a quarter-inch in valley areas to an inch-and-a-half in the mountains.

Highs today were expected to mainly be in the 50s in the Inland Empire, and in the 40s in the mountains.