Thanksgiving storm dumps rain, snow on region

A vehicle splashes through a puddle on Ynez Road in Temecula Nov. 28. Will Fritz photo

A winter storm dropped more than 2 inches of rain in some places and even left snow on local mountains over the Thanksgiving holiday.

The storm moved in Wednesday, Nov. 27, and by Friday had poured as much as two-and-a-half inches of rain on Beaumont and Murrieta, which were tied for receiving the most rain in Riverside County. Followed by those two cities were the northern portions of Lake Elsinore and Portrero Canyon with 2.41 inches each, Cranston with 2.32 inches, Valle Vista in Hemet and French Valley with both 2.28 inches, Temecula with 2.20 inches, Cabazon with 2.09 inches and Norco with 1.85 inches, according to the National Weather Service.

Murrieta Creek swells with rainwater near Old Town Temecula amid the first major storm of the season Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28. Will Fritz photo

As of Friday, 20 inches of snow had fallen on Idyllwild, with most of the accumulation at 5,400 feet and above, according to the NWS.

The storm blanketed mountains across the region with as much as 36 inches of snow, including Mountain High Resort in Wrightwood, which reported receiving one of its best November snowfalls in years.

Snow Summit and its sister ski resort, Bear Mountain, opened earlier in the week and reported a record for November with 54 inches of snowfall.

Some mountain roads, including state Route 18, the main route to Big Bear, were closed by snow during the storm, but reopened with chain control by Sunday.

Another storm, expected to be warmer and less windy than the Thanksgiving one, was predicted to create a chance of rain in Southern California between Tuesday, Dec. 3, and Thursday, Dec. 5, but had not yet arrived as of press time.

City News Service contributed to this report.

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