Temperatures are expected to drop this week and a storm might produce showers Wednesday, but dry conditions are in Monday's forecast. Elita Loresca has the forecast for Monday March 3, 2013.
Rain and cold weather will return to Southern California this week after a warm weekend.
Expect dry conditions Monday before the cool-down begins at mid-week. Temperatures will be in the low- to high-60s for most of Southern California Monday and Tuesday before dropping to the low-60s and 50s Wednesday, when rain might arrive.
The weather turnaround comes after a weekend of above-normal temperatures and sunny skies.
"We say good-bye to those warmer temperatures," said NBC4 forecaster Elita Loresca.
Strong winds are likely Monday in the Coachella Valley and Riverside County mountains.
The storm system over the Pacific Ocean will push onshore Wednesday, when Central California can expect light showers in the morning before the system tracks south.
"The best chance will be on Friday for not only rain showers, but also some thunderstorms," said Loresca. "This will be a cold enough storm that it brings us not only rain, but also some snow."
Coast: High 63, Low 52
Metro LA/Inland OC: High 67, Low 52
Valleys: High 68, Low 44
Inland Empire: High 70, Low 47
Mountains: High 51, Low 23
High Desert: High 69, Low 36
Low Desert: High 81, Low 51