Winter’s truly here – finally

first_img Others came looking to revel in the powder. Malone said at least 40 groups had arrived at the Hungry Valley off-road park – a good start for a holiday weekend. “They like to come up and ride in the snow,” she said. “The snow makes it so the dust doesn’t pick up, and they like to play in it as well.” Navin Tailor, manager at the Econolodge in Gorman, said the 60-room motel did lots of business Friday night. “Lots of people are visiting because they’re expecting snow,” she said. “It’s unfortunate it didn’t snow. It’s nice and clear – just a little chilly, that’s it. It’s just winter.” Eugene Tong, (661) 257-5253 eugene.tong@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant The storm is expected to give way this afternoon, leaving partially overcast skies for the rest of the Presidents Day weekend. Mostly clear skies are predicted for the rest of the week, warming to the 60s by Friday. This winter is much drier than the record rainfall season a year ago, when a string of slow-moving storms caused devastating floods and mudslides, and dropped enough snow to shut down Interstate 5 at the Grapevine for several days. As of 1 a.m. Saturday, Palmdale’s rainfall since July 1 had totaled 4.27 inches – that’s off from the average 4.76 inches by that date, and less than half of the 11.82 inches that fell by this time last year. Rick and Kim Mora weren’t taking any chances: The Redondo Beach couple left early in the morning, heading up Interstate 5 for Monterey, hoping to stay ahead of the storm. “They say that the storm was going to hit (Saturday night),” said Kim Mora, 29, during a stop at Gorman. “I checked the Caltrans Web site before we left and they say it was all clear.” GORMAN – Winter took its time getting here. After weeks of sunny, dry weather that tricked flowering trees and plants into blossoming like it was spring, a weekend winter storm dropped rain and dusted Southern California foothills with snow – though not enough to cause problems on either Interstate 5 or the Antelope Valley Freeway. “We had light snowflakes, hard snowflakes, and then it’s clear again,” said Michelle Malone, a staff member at the Hungry Valley State Vehicular Recreation Area south of Gorman. But the National Weather Service says numerous rain and snow showers are possible today in the Antelope Valley, with the snow level expected to drop to about 3,500 feet – enough to blanket the valley’s foothills but too high to bother residents of Palmdale or Lancaster. last_img