Idyllwild receives more rain

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Strawberry Creek was flowing strongly Saturday morning after the rain and slight snow Friday, Dec. 16. Photo by Peter Szabadi

A heavy rain fell on the Hill Friday. The amount varied by elevation, but all areas received much more than an inch during the 24-hour period.

The greatest amount of rainfall was recorded in Pine Cove which received 3.75 inches. The Idyllwild Fire Station recorded 3.18 inches through Sunday and the U.S. Forest Service’s Keenwild Ranger Station had 1.81 inches of rain.

For the season (since July 1), Pine Cove has had 10.2 inches of rain, which is an inch more than the long-term average through the end of December. However, Keenwild has recorded 6.8 inches, which leaves it 2.4 inches shy of the 9.2-inch average.

Some rocks and debris fell on local highways Friday, but Cal Trans had the road cleared without any major traffic snags.

The National Weather Service is forecasting a possibility of rain showers at the end of the week, and even possible snow showers on Christmas Eve (Saturday); but Christmas Day is expected to be clear and sunny with a temperature approaching 50 degrees.

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