Published Nov 20, 2019 at 2:54 PM | Updated at 10:44 AM PST on Nov 21, 2019
As a six-month dry spell ended in Southern California with showers and hail in downtown Los Angeles, temperatures plummeted across the region, ushering in winter weather a month before the season was set to begin.
Two storm systems converged on Southern California, bringing lightning with them and snarling traffic on freeways.
More than 81% of California, including all of Southern California, is considered abnormally dry, according to the US Drought Monitor.
While the rain won't amount to a lot -- about an inch of rain was possible in Orange County and the Inland Empire, and less than that expected in LA and Ventura counties -- it was the first measurable rainfall since May 2019.
See images of hail, rain, sunsets and more below.