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January brings 1.3 inches of rain to the valley to date. / Laura Austin Photo

Another strong storm moves into IWV

By Laura Austin News Review Staff Writer –  A series of winter storms raging in California have become deadly, causing at least 19 storm-related deaths across the state with the number expected to rise. 

According to the Los Angeles Times, earlier this week, Gov. Gavin Newsom said the storms had claimed “more lives than wildfires in the past two years combined.” 

So far this year the Indian Wells Valley has accumulated approximately 1.3 inches from January 1-11 well on its way to the yearly average annual precipitation of about 4 to 6 inches. 

Friday will be mostly cloudy, with wind from the west at around 5 mph becoming calm with a high of 58 and a low of around 39. 

Locally, according to the National Weather Service, another strong storm system is moving in and will impact  Central California  Saturday and Saturday night,  bringing rain and snow to the Sierra Nevada mountains. Snow levels will start at around 6,000 feet on  Saturday, dropping to about 5,000 feet by Saturday night. The majority of the rain and snow will fall Saturday afternoon and Saturday evening.

There is a slight risk of excessive rainfall in the Sierra Nevada below the snow line and in the Sierra Nevada foothills Saturday and Saturday night. Rockslides, mudslides, and debris flooding are possible.

Rain will be likely for Saturday with a slight chance of rain on Sunday. Rain is scheduled to return on Monday, Martin Luther King Day.