It isn’t raining yet in Ramona, but a cold front associated with a winter storm is expected to bring moderate to heavy rain, gusty winds, and a chance of thunderstorms and snow to the region, forecasters said.
National Weather Service meteorologist Philip Gonsalves, who said the heaviest precipitation is expected between 10 a.m. and noon. After that, showers will linger throughout the afternoon, he said.
Gonsalves estimated rainfall totals from the storm will range from four-tenths of an inch to more than two inches in the county.
The Weather Service scheduled a winter storm warning for mountain areas above 4,000 feet, from 2 Friday afternoon to 11 a.m. Saturday. That includes Boulevard, Cameron, Campo, Cuyamaca, Descanso, Julian, Lake Henshaw, Morena Village, Mount Laguna, Oak Grove, Pine Hills, Pine Valley, Ranchita, Santa Ysabel, and Warner Springs.
During the winter storm warning, one to four inches of snow accumulation is possible at 4,000 feet; three to six inches between 4,500 and 5,000 feet; and six to 10 inches above 5,000 feet.
A wind advisory is scheduled for coastal and valley areas from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., when 35- to 45-mile per hour gusts are expected.
In the deserts, where 25- to 35-mile per hour winds gusting up to 60 mph are expected, a high wind warning is scheduled from 11 Friday morning to 11 a.m. Saturday.