The latest storm system to push through the Inland Empire produced periodic intense rain and snowfall but no damaging floods, prompting authorities Friday to lift evacuation orders previously in effect for parts of Cherry Valley and Beaumont.
The mandatory evacuation directives that had been in place since Thursday in the Noble A, Noble F, Bench A, Mias A and Mias B zones, as well as the Millard Outdoor Shooting Range, were canceled Friday afternoon.
The communities, which encompass Avenida Miravilla, Live Oak Avenue and Vineland Street, are within the Apple and El Dorado burn areas in the San Gorgonio Pass.
The Riverside County Emergency Management Department had anticipated the possibility of water and debris flows impacting the neighborhoods, but there was not sufficient precipitation.
A Flash Flood Warning issued by the National Weather Service expired at 4 p.m.
There was some flooding in Nuevo, along Pico Avenue, which the Riverside County Transportation Department temporarily closed between San Jacinto Avenue and Nuevo Road.
In Idyllwild, several inches of fresh snow fell, sticking to Highway 243 between Banning and Mountain Center, prompting the California Highway Patrol to enforce snow chain requirements to reduce the risks of people becoming stranded and blocking the two-lane mountain corridor.
A rock slide occurred on the Ortega (74) Highway, just west of Lake Elsinore, in the early afternoon, and eastbound traffic was disrupted, according to the CHP. However, Caltrans crews cleared the obstructions within a couple of hours, and the route remained open.
A flurry of weather-related accidents were reported throughout the day, including an injury collision involving three vehicles on the eastbound Riverside (91) Freeway in Corona, and another injury collision on Interstate 10 in Cabazon involving two big rigs and a sedan.
Gusty winds could linger in mountains and passes through the night, according to the weather service.
“Showers will taper off tonight,” the agency said. “Dry conditions will prevail Saturday to Monday.”
High temperatures in the Riverside metropolitan area and Coachella Valley will generally hover in the mid-60s to low-70s until Tuesday, when another storm system building in the Gulf of Alaska may swipe the region.
Forecasters said blustery north winds will accompany the trough, but it was unclear how much precipitation may be associated with it.
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