Thursday, Dec. 13—
A cold Pacific storm brought winter weather to the region today, prompting forecasters to warn of perilous travel conditions, primarily in the mountains.
Due to snow and gusty winds, the National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for the mountains — including Cuyamaca, Julian and Mount Laguna — effective from 4 this morning to 4 a.m. Friday.
Elsewhere in the county, rain is falling and the weather service said there was a slight chance today of thunderstorms capable of producing brief periods of heavy rain and small hail, as well as water spouts over coastal waters.
Rainfall totals from the storm were expected to be between a half-inch and a quarter-inch in coastal and valley areas, and up to two inches in the mountains. A quarter-inch or less was expected in the deserts.
The agency said snow levels were initially around 6,500 to 7,000 feet Wednesday evening and would gradually fall to between 4,000 and 4,500 feet late today. Total snowfall from the storm was expected to be two to six inches.
“Travelers through the mountains should be prepared for hazardous winter weather conditions,” including slippery roads and low visibility because of blowing snow, according to an NWS advisory. “Motorists are urged to check the latest road reports before departing. Always carry chains and take extra food and clothing if you must travel into the mountains.”
Some lingering light snow showers could continue into late Friday morning, and there is potential for additional light snow Friday night and Sunday due to some disturbances that may move through the area, according to the weather service.