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Storm Totals: February 20th-21st, 2019 (updated)

By Reginald Stanley. Posted February 22, 2019, 1:35 AM.

A cold low pressure system brought gusty winds, cold temperatures, rain showers and low elevation snow to the region Thursday. Rain mixed with snow fell as low as 1,100 feet above sea level in some areas Thursday evening.

Showers began Wednesday evening, with a higher snow level of about 4,000 feet. Snow levels gradually dropped late Wednesday night, with showers becoming less frequent after midnight. Following a cold, cloudy morning, another cluster of rain and mountain snow took aim at the region Thursday afternoon. Cold, gusty winds quickly drove temperatures downward during this period, even as rain continued to fall. Inland, in the valleys below 2,000 feet, temperatures quickly plummeted from the 50s down to low 40s and upper 30s, after 4 PM. These conditions allowed for the presence of rain mixed with snow to fall at low elevations, reportedly down to 1,100 feet above sea level in some areas. Small hail was reported in Temecula Valley's Wine Country around 4 PM Thursday afternoon, by contributor Jim Sappington. This activity largely ended across most of the region after 6 PM, with residual snow showers clinging to the mountains.

Cumulative precipitation totals for Wednesday and Thursday varied, from as high as 0.71 inches in East Highland (courtesy of Peter Michas) to 0.06 inches in Pinon Hills. Simi Valley was the only active WeatherCurrents station to not record any measurable precipitation Wednesday or Thursday. The majority of WeatherCurrents stations recorded between 0.25 and 0.50 inches over the two-day period, in line with predictions. Lake Elsinore and Murrieta recorded higher amounts, with Murrieta at 0.59 inches and Lake Elsinore with 0.58 inches. Anza and Beaumont (Cherry Valley), both at higher elevations, also received totals of 0.55 and 0.42 inches, respectively. The precipitation in Anza fell mostly as snow on Thursday, where the elevation is close to 4,000 feet. North of Los Angeles, Pinon Hills recorded 0.19 inches. Perris also recorded a relatively low total of 0.13 inches. Temecula recorded the lowest amount of precipitation out of all of the Temecula Valley cities and surrounding towns, with only 0.19 inches. In Temecula Valley's Wine Country, a total of 0.31 inches was reported (courtesy of Jim Sappington). A total of 0.38 inches was reported in Yucaipa (courtesy of Don Kramer).

The low pressure system moved east of the region Thursday night, leaving a cold air mass in its wake. A drying out period is forecast well into next week, in contrast to an otherwise very wet February this year.

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

Location Storm Season Source
East Highland 0.71"  20.02"  Peter Michas
Northwest Murrieta 0.59"  14.89"  WeatherCurrents
Lake Elsinore 0.58"  20.72"  WeatherCurrents
Anza 0.55"  16.80"  WeatherCurrents
Beaumont (Cherry Valley) 0.42"  15.85"  WeatherCurrents
South Fallbrook 0.42"  18.91"  WeatherCurrents
San Jacinto 0.42"  12.05"  WeatherCurrents
Central Murrieta 0.42"  12.50"  Reginald Stanley
De Luz 0.39"  21.55"  WeatherCurrents
Yucaipa 0.38"  N/A Don Kramer
French Valley 0.36"  12.04"  WeatherCurrents
Moreno Valley 0.36"  12.40"  WeatherCurrents
East Hemet 0.33"  17.54"  WeatherCurrents
Temecula Valley Wine Country 0.31"  18.22"  Jim Sappington
Riverside (Presidential Park) 0.31"  11.74"  WeatherCurrents
South Temecula 0.19"  16.82"  WeatherCurrents
Pinon Hills 0.19"  10.96"  WeatherCurrents
Perris 0.13"  10.62"  WeatherCurrents
Simi Valley 0.00"  14.77"  WeatherCurrents
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