Mountain Center is an unincorporated community in central Riverside County, along our shortcut to Palm Desert from Oceanside. At 4,500 feet elevation, the area averages 29 inches of snow per year, and they welcomed a few of these inches last night. We got to drive through the area on our way to the Living Desert Zoo. There was no traffic for us driving east on the 371 but those coming from the desert weren’t so lucky. It was a bit chaotic as people (some more prepared than others) were trying to rush up to see the snow while it lasted. One flatbed truck was stuck in the ice, backing up the oncoming lane for a mile. The Porsche driver backed out for some reason, either impatient or worried about ice.
We always love this drive, but the snow made it especially beautiful.