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Storm Totals: February 21st-23rd, 2022

By Reginald Stanley. Posted February 25, 2022, 4:41 AM.

A cold, windy low pressure system over the Great Basin brought scattered showers and mountain snow to parts the region this week, with the bulk of the precipitation falling on Wednesday.

The storm, which was generally spotty and showery in nature, affected the region mainly on Tuesday and Wednesday, with some areas also reporting measurable precipitation late Monday. Not all communities in the WeatherCurrents network received rainfall - northerly locations such as Simi Valley and Pinon Hills remained largely outside of the storm's influence. Where rain did fall, storm totals ranged from as high as 0.98 inches in East Hemet, to 0.10 inches in Moreno Valley. The majority of stations recorded between 0.3 and 0.6 inches, while Riverside and Moreno Valley were drier. In East Highland, a total of 0.64 inches was reported (courtesy of Peter Michas); while in Temecula Valley's Wine Country, 0.61 inches was reported (courtesy of Jim Sappington). In Yucaipa, 0.40 inches was reported (courtesy of Don Kramer).

The cold nature of the storm brought snow down to around 3000 feet above sea level, and even as low as between 2000 and 2500 feet in isolated cases (snow at this elevation did not stick or accumulate). Parts of La Cresta, near the Santa Rosa Plateau east of the Temecula Valley as well as Greer Ranch in northern Murrieta both had reports of brief snowfall Wednesday. WeatherCurrents' station in Anza received accumulating snow on Wednesday. Reports of graupel - or soft ice - surfaced in Temecula Valley's Wine Country and in Murrieta Wednesday afternoon. Much of the snow below 4000 feet quickly melted Thursday, as clear skies prevailed. Amid a chilly night, Anza broke its previous record low of 14 degrees at that location, having sunk to a bitter 13 degrees early Thursday morning.

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

Location Storm Season Source
East Hemet 0.98"  5.85"  WeatherCurrents
Anza 0.71"  10.83"1  WeatherCurrents
East Highland 0.64"  24.41"  Peter Michas
Temecula Valley Wine Country 0.61"  8.91"  Jim Sappington
French Valley 0.54"  7.22"  WeatherCurrents
South Fallbrook 0.49"  7.79"  WeatherCurrents
Northwest Murrieta 0.41"  7.73"  WeatherCurrents
Central Murrieta 0.40"  6.85"  Reginald Stanley
Yucaipa 0.40"  N/A Don Kramer
South Temecula 0.33"  7.84"  WeatherCurrents
San Jacinto 0.30"  4.26"  WeatherCurrents
Perris 0.18"  5.26"  WeatherCurrents
Riverside (Orangecrest) 0.12"  3.87"  WeatherCurrents
Moreno Valley 0.10"  7.81"  WeatherCurrents
Pinon Hills 0.00"  5.44"  WeatherCurrents
Simi Valley 0.00"  10.32"  WeatherCurrents
  1. Anza season total inaccurate.
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