COLD WEATHER | Frigid February Yields Powerful Effects in So Cal

South Pasadenans were bundled up to fight off the winter chill. Temperatures never surpassed the 70-degree mark in downtown L.A., according to the Los Angeles Times. The average high was 61 degrees in February

PHOTO: Steven Lawrence | News | SNOWING in South Pasadena (sort of) It's snow-rain mixed. Snow is reported in Pasadena today.

Burrr! February was a Cold One in South Pasadena

Heavy rains and wind brought down power lines, large trees tumbled and temperatures dipped in South Pasadena, sometimes into the bone-chilling 30s, during a the eighth-coldest February on record, according to National Weather Service officials.

Outside, the Los Angeles Times reports outside thermometers did not reach the 70-degree mark in down Los Angeles during the chilly month. The average high, reports the newspaper, was 61 degrees.

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PHOTO: Steven Lawrence | News 

And it was a real soaker in South Pasadena as the winter storms have pretty much wiped out drought concerns of a year ago with more rain expected on its way this weekend.

On Thursday, the U.S. Drought Monitor reported that 87 percent of California is drought free as the state is drenched and mountain areas are piled high with snow as storms continue to roll through the region.

Officials say the heavy Sierra snowpack will supply about 30 of the state’s water when conditions begin to warm up, melting the snow, during the spring and summer months.

PHOTO: South Pasadena Fire Department | | South Pasadena Fire Department officials responded to a fallen tree at a residence in the 300 block of Meridian Avenue during last weekend’s storm.

A frigid February brought plenty of snow to local mountains as Big Bear Mountain Resort has been pounded with 10 feet of snow this winter season while Mountain High Resort in Wrightwood has eight feet, providing some of the best conditions for skiing and snowboarding, noted John McColly, vice president at Mountain High, who told the L.A. Times, it “feels like a real winter this year.”