The National Weather Service is forecasting snow for the San Jacinto Mountains. It is likely to begin late tonight (Friday, Dec. 6) and mostly fall during the day on Saturday.

The latest estimate is between 5 to 9 inches in Idyllwild and more at higher elevations.

Snowfall should end Saturday evening and clearing begin later Saturday night.

Sunshine returns Sunday and the beginning of next week, how cool temperatures will endure until Tueaday or Wednesday.

From the 1 p.m., Friday, Dec 6, NWS Winter Storm Warning:

Winter storm warning is in effect from 10 a.m. Saturday to 4 a.m. Sunday... for heavy snow and strong winds.

* Snow levels...lowering to 3,000 to 3,500 feet Saturday and around 3,000 feet Saturday night.
* Snow accumulations...1 to 3 inches above 3,500 feet; 3 to 7 inches above 5,000 feet; with local amounts of 8 to 10 inches above 7,000 feet and in the San Diego County mountains above 5,000 feet.
* Timing...snow showers will begin late tonight...increasing Saturday; then decreasing Saturday night.
* Winds...west 20 to 30 mph with gusts to 55 mph. isolated gusts to 60 mph near mountain ridge tops.
* Visibility...locally reduced at times in snow...blowing snow and fog.
* Impacts...residents and travelers into the mountains should be prepared for hazardous winter weather conditions and possible road closures. If possible carry chains and take extra food and clothing.
Precautionary/preparedness actions... a winter storm warning for heavy snow means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Significant amounts of snow are forecast that will make travel dangerous. Only travel through the mountains in an emergency. if you must travel keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.