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Snow Blankets Mount Laguna Following Weekend Storm

Above: A view of snow blanketing the trees and hillside at the 6,000 foot elevation on Mt. Laguna, taken from the Mount Laguna Retreat Center on Sunrise Highway, on February 20, 2011.

San Diego got soaked by a heavy winter storm over the weekend, and snow fell on the mountains above Pine Valley.

More than 3 inches of rain fell across wide sections of East County, according to the National Weather Service. Totals included 3.3 inches near Dulzura and at Otay Mountain, and 3.2 inches at both the Cameron Fire Station and at Boulevard.

A view of the desert in San Diego County from the 6,000 foot level on Mount Laguna, near the Mount Laguna Retreat Center, on February 20, 2011.
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Above: A view of the desert in San Diego County from the 6,000 foot level on Mount Laguna, near the Mount Laguna Retreat Center, on February 20, 2011.

Rising water forced closure of dips in Colgate Road at State Route 76 was just after 7 a.m., said San Diego County Sheriff's Lt. Jim Walker.

Falling snow means vehicles need chains to navigate Sunrise Highway into the Laguna Mountains, north of Interstate 8, according to Cal Fire Captain Mike Mohler. He said he is discouraging people from driving up the mountain.

More than a foot of snow had fallen at the highest elevations on Mount Laguna, according to National Weather Service San Diego.

Walker said roads would be closed, and chain requirements would be in effect on Sunrise Highway, for most of the day.

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