Monday’s Storm Did Not Bring Much Precipitation To The High Desert

By Nikki Garrett Metzger

(Victor Valley) – The storm the moved through the High Desert Monday did not bring much rain to the area, but the numbers were on track with the forecasts from the National Weather Service.

Brandt Maxwell, meteorologist with the NWS in San Diego reported that Victorville received 9/100ths of an inch of rain, Hesperia had 8/100ths of an inch, El Mirage 7/100ths, and Apple Valley received only 4/100th of an inch.

Earlier in the morning the drive through the Cajon Pass was reported to be very foggy. Wind gusts were reported between 30-35 mph in areas.

The surprise with this storm was the lack of snow, according to Maxwell.  There were winter storm warnings for our local mountains for at least 6 inches of snow. But it never came to be. “Moisture with this storm wasn’t as deep as expected,” said Maxwell. “The mountains only saw about 1 inch of snow. Wrightwood received .39 inches of rain earlier, then snow started sticking around 4pm.”

Now that the storm has moved out of the area, the next few days should be clear, Maxwell said. “It will be cool at first, then warming up on Wednesday and Thursday as high pressure builds over the Great Basin to our east.”

The NWS has issued a high wind warning through Wednesday afternoon for the San Bernardino Mountains and the Inland Empire, which includes the Cajon Pass, San Bernardino, and Rancho Cucamonga.  The wind will be out of the northeast at 25 to 35 mph with local gusts to 65 mph below passes and canyons.

A weak storm system going by to the north will bring a slight cooling trend to our area over the weekend, according to Maxwell.

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