Get ready for a break in the cold snap.

After several days of freezing or subfreezing temperatures that burst pipes, iced over roads and kept people bundled up, weather forecasters say the Inland Empire will be warmer at least through Friday.

"There's going to be gradual warming over the next two days," said National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Watkins.

San Bernardino and surrounding cities should stay in the 60s and low 70s, while mountain areas such as Wrightwood and Big Bear Lake should reach 40 to 50 degrees in the daytime.

Windy conditions are expected to stick around through Thursday, but they won't be as strong as they were Monday. A wind advisory is in effect until 10 p.m. Thursday, with winds at 10 to 25 mph and gusts as high as 50 mph.

The change in the weather is good news for High Desert areas that faced flooding when freezing temperatures caused pipes to burst.

Burst pipes were reported at 44 homes and other buildings last weekend, forcing residents to find shelter elsewhere.

Classes at Encore Junior and Senior High School, which was forced to close due to flooding, are expected to resume Thursday, according to the school's website.


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