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Low Winter Rain Levels A Sign of Drought for the Inland Region

Brad Pugh, NOAA/CPC

Saturday marked the beginning of spring, but it also brought an end to a winter of disappointing rainfall across most of Riverside and San Bernardino counties. 

Since the start of the rainy season last November, precipitation was less than half of what is considered normal. The latest numbers could mean the region is headed for another drought, reports Inland News Today.

Across inland valleys, about five inches was the average. For the desert it was less than one inch in the Coachella Valley and just about three inches at Pinon Hills.

Snowfall in the mountains was slightly better. Big Bear gained 82 inches for the season compared to the normal yearly average of 62 inches.