Families in fire-ravaged neighborhoods threatened by mudslides were back in their homes Thursday in time for Thanksgiving dinner as Southern California's first significant storm of the season moved out of the region, leaving cloudy skies that were forecast to give way to 70-degree temperatures by Sunday.
In inland areas, from Moreno Valley to the San Gorgonio Pass, slick road conditions Thursday morning were a factor in several non-injury accidents.
Flash flood warnings were lifted in some areas, bringing relief for homeowners in areas such as Yorba Linda, where 1,500 residents were evacuated for fear of mudslides. "We were fortunate it didn't rain any harder," said Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Greg McKeown. "We're also thankful that the public took this warning seriously and prepared."
Drier weather is expected throughout the region today, National Weather Service officials said.
Temperatures were forecast in the mid-60s for many areas, while the valleys were expected to reach 70 degrees. Weak Santa Ana winds were expected from tonight through Sunday.
-- Esmeralda Bermudez