Hail, thunderstorms forecast as storm moves in

Chance of rain will continue into Monday for Southern California

More rain -- and even some hail and thunderstorms -- were in the forecast for parts of Southern California on Sunday as a winter storm moved through.

A chance of rain will continue into Monday.

“It’s going to be hit and miss -- much more a showery event than four to six hours of straight rain,” Meteorologist Curt Kaplan said.

The storm is expected to add less than half an inch to the season's rainfall totals in downtown Los Angeles and somewhat more in the foothills, so it won't do much to ease the three-year drought conditions in the state.

Ski resort operators in the San Gabriel Mountains will have reason to rejoice in the storm. Snow levels are expected to drop to 3,500 feet, with some 6 to 10 inches of fresh snow predicted, Kaplan said. That also means winter road conditions -- including possible snow and ice on the Grapevine.

The snow did bring visitors to Big Bear and other mountain resorts Saturday, even though the conditions were not as icy as some had hoped.

The winter resorts have been hoping for snow to boost what has been a dry season.

“It's been great,” Dylan Easterby, who rents snowboards in Big Bear, told the Press-Enterprise. “A lot of people came up for the snow. The last month has really been dry.”

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