A pair of Pacific storms was expected to strengthen the chance of rain in Murrieta this week, the National Weather Service reported.
Isolated sprinkles began hitting Murrieta this afternoon, and drizzles were forecast after 11 p.m. Monday.
The first storm was forecast to bring a 40 percent chance of rain on Tuesday and high temperatures near 69 degrees.
A second, stronger and colder system will bring widespread moderate rain to the valleys and snow to the mountains.
The high temperature for Murrieta on Wednesday and Thursday should be 66 degrees, with an 80 percent chance of rain Wednesday and a 50 percent chance Thursday.
The low temperature for Wednesday should be 47, and on Thursday 42.
Strong, gusty winds are expected to accompany the storms.
Area weather should return to fair and clear on Friday, according to the weather service.