Memorial Day may be the unofficial start of summer, but California is heading toward the holiday with rainy, windy and snowy weather.

A winter weather advisory was in effect Wednesday for the mountains of San Bernardino and Riverside counties east of Los Angeles.

Officials cleared Santa Monica beaches due to a lighting storm. The City’s SM alert system sent out an automated warning at about 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

“An electrical storm with lightning has been reported in Santa Monica. Please evacuate all ocean and beach/sand areas. Seek shelter indoors until the storm has ended,” it said.To the north, the Sierra Nevada is finally free of winter weather advisories.

The Squaw Valley resort at Lake Tahoe reports it got 32 inches of snow over the past seven days, boosting its season total to 714 inches.

Unsettled weather will continue into next week.

Associated Press

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