The first day of spring looked a lot like winter in Southern California, as yet another storm dumped heavy rain that flooded streets and briefly shut down highways.

Hail blanketed some neighborhoods in white on Wednesday in Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside counties. The hail melted nearly as quickly as residents could post photos and video of it to social media .

The National Weather Service says more than 1.5 inches (3.8 centimeters) of rain fell over a 24-hour span during intense thunderstorms in Compton, just south of Los Angeles. Interstate 710 and State Route 91 were closed after several feet (meters) of water flooded lanes.

A driver plows through a flooded portion of Del Amo Boulevard during a heavy thunder and hail storm in Long Beach, Calif. (Scott Varley/The Orange County Register via AP)
A driver plows through a flooded portion of Del Amo Boulevard during a heavy thunder and hail storm in Long Beach, Calif. (Scott Varley/The Orange County Register via AP)

Up to 6 inches (15 centimeters) of snow is predicted for some mountain areas before the system moves through Thursday.

A series of wet winter storms eliminated drought conditions in the state.

Pedestrians take cover from showers in the North Hollywood neighborhood of Los Angeles, Wednesday, March 20, 2019, near the Metro Red Line Station. (David Crane/The Orange County Register via AP)
Pedestrians take cover from showers in the North Hollywood neighborhood of Los Angeles, Wednesday, March 20, 2019, near the Metro Red Line Station. (David Crane/The Orange County Register via AP)

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