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Scattered showers, hail, and thunderstorms as storm blows through Sunday (second update)

Posted May 23, 2010, 10:45 AM.

An unusually strong late-season cold front blew through the inland valleys Sunday, bringing scattered showers, hail and a chance of thunderstorms.

A storm cell had left 0.23" at WeatherCurrents' Murrieta station Sunday morning, and 0.27" in San Jacinto. Many other communities had received less significant rainfall (French Valley - 0.02", Moreno Valley - 0.02", Lake Elsinore - 0.2", Wildomar - 0.08" and Riverside - 0.07"), and showers did not measure in the rest.

Hail was reported in the Sunnymead area of Moreno Valley this morning. "It started very small, around 9:50am, and got up to pea size," said Mike Box. "It was turning to water almost as soon as it hit the ground."

Another severe cell dumped pea to marble-sized hail at WeatherCurrents' San Jacinto station shortly after 11am, according to a report from there. Precipitation totals quickly reached 0.27" at the weather station. From there, the cell was moving northeast over the mountains. In East San Jacinto, Monty Parrott reported 0.10", with light sprinkles into the late afternoon.

According to the National Weather Service, snow fell as low as 4,000 feet Sunday morning.

Winds were unusually strong. WeatherCurrents' Temecula station reach 30 mph. Moreno Valley recorded up to 31 mph. Fallbrook's wind gusts reached 22 mph, Menifee to 24 mph, Perris to 21 mph, Lake Elsinore to 22 mph, Hemet to 20 mph, and San Jacinto to 23 mph.

Wildomar's wind gauge was not operating properly.

A slight chance of thunderstorms was predicted for Sunday afternoon, and showers were expected to end this evening.

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