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Storm Totals: February 17th, 2019

By Reginald Stanley. Posted February 18, 2019, 8:38 PM.



A cold disturbance brought showers and mountain snow to the region Sunday, with snow levels falling to elevations below 3,000 feet above sea level in some areas late Sunday night.

Precipitation totals ranged from as high as 0.57 inches in East Highland (courtesy of Peter Michas) to no measurable rain at all in Simi Valley and Pinon Hills. While most communities received less than 1/4 of an inch, notable exceptions included Lake Elsinore, where 0.46 inches fell, and East Hemet, where 0.42 inches fell. A total of 0.40 inches was also reported in Yucaipa (courtesy of Don Kramer). Remaining precipitation totals ranged from 0.22 inches in Anza and Beaumont (Cherry Valley), down to 0.01 inch in Riverside (Presidential Park). A total of 0.06 inches was also reported in Temecula Valley's Wine Country (courtesy of Jim Sappington), not far off from the 0.08 inches observed in nearby Temecula.

The storm was marked by the cold, windy air that accompanied it. Falling snow levels Sunday evening as residual showers continued, created hazardous road conditions, along with mountain and foothill snow. In East Highland, contributor Peter Michas reported a dusting of snow at his elevation of 1,640 feet above sea level, early Monday morning. Snow in the Inland Empire valleys is generally uncommon, although not unheard of. The most recent widespread snow event at low elevations occurred on December 30th-31st, 2014. Another significant episode occurred on November 21st, 2004. Another storm is late Wednesday and Thursday.

Here are the rain totals for the WeatherCurrents network and associates:

Location Storm Season Source
East Highland 0.57"  19.21"  Peter Michas
Lake Elsinore 0.46"  20.14"  WeatherCurrents
East Hemet 0.42"  17.21"  WeatherCurrents
Yucaipa 0.40"  N/A Don Kramer
Anza 0.22"  16.12"  WeatherCurrents
Beaumont (Cherry Valley) 0.22"  15.41"  WeatherCurrents
Northwest Murrieta 0.15"  14.29"  WeatherCurrents
De Luz 0.14"  21.09"  WeatherCurrents
South Fallbrook 0.12"  18.42"  WeatherCurrents
Moreno Valley 0.11"  12.04"  WeatherCurrents
French Valley 0.09"  11.60"  WeatherCurrents
San Jacinto 0.08"  11.62"  WeatherCurrents
South Temecula 0.08"  16.59"  WeatherCurrents
Perris 0.06"  10.48"  WeatherCurrents
Temecula Valley Wine Country 0.06"  17.84"  Jim Sappington
Central Murrieta 0.06"  12.06"  Reginald Stanley
Riverside (Presidential Park) 0.01"  11.43"  WeatherCurrents
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