Southern California gets a (very) little bit of rain

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Some Southern California mountain peaks are sporting a light dusting of snow after the departure of an overnight weather system, but overall precipitation did little to make up for the region's rainfall deficit.

The National Weather Service reports that as of 4 a.m. Monday most rainfall totals amounted to just hundredths or tenths of an inch.

Several locations in San Luis Obispo County fared better, receiving more than an inch of rain.

Downtown Los Angeles received .14 inch to start what is normally the location's wettest month.

"It wasn't a big amount of rain, but considering how dry it's been this winter, it's better than nothing," Ryan Kittell, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service told KPCC.

Last month, downtown had just a trace of precipitation, nowhere close to the January average of 3.12 inches.

Downtown has recorded barely more than an inch since the start of the rain year on July 1, a deficit of 6.56 inches.

Resorts have been dealing with the dry weather by churning out man-made snow to pack the ski runs up to a-foot-and-a-half deep. Off the runs, the view is mostly green pine and brown grass. 

"As far as people who enjoy the snow sports, they are going to come up. But it's the people who want to see the snow falling from the sky, those are the people we are noticing are not coming up," Big Bear Visitors Bureau's Dan McKernan told KPCC.  

McKernan says it's still fun for skiing and snowboarding — and even zip lining.

The head of the State Water Resources Control Board says "this is the most serious drought we've faced in modern times."

With contributions from Ashley Bailey and Shirley Jahad

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