High winds brought snow to local mountains

October 29th, 2013 | by Colin Atagi | Comments

As the sun rose above the Coachella Valley Tuesday, it became clear that snow had fallen over night onto the mountains surrounding the desert.

Thanks to strong winds, which moved nearly 90 mph in parts of the desert, temperatures dropped to about 30 degrees early Tuesday.

IMG_5187Some dust fell onto the San Jacinto Mountains, but there was a huge patch on the San Bernardino Mountains near Desert Hot Springs.

Enjoy the visual while you can; the snow should all be gone later Tuesday, National Weather Service forecaster Tina Stall said.

“It’s going to be ending today. That should be pretty much it,” she said.

It wasn’t the first snowfall of the season. That occurred Oct. 9 when snow fell as low as 5,500 feet in the San Jacinto Mountains.

The low temperature there was 26 degrees early Tuesday, and it was in the upper 30s in the San Bernardino Mountains.

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