Monday, March 19, 2012
The tail end of the last storm of the winter season moved eastward across San Diego County early today, dropping more rainfall and snow in the region.
Before the storm clears out completely later today, it could drop an additional quarter-inch of rain in coastal and valley areas, and up to four inches of additional snow in the mountains, where the snow level was at 2,500 feet, according to the National Weather Service.
A winter weather advisory originally set to expire at 9 a.m. for the mountains was extended to 1 p.m. Affected areas included Boulevard, Campo, Cuyamaca, Descanso, Julian, Lake Henshaw, Mount Laguna, Pine Valley, Santa Ysabel and Warner Springs. In addition to snow, wind gusts up to 35 miles per hour were in the mountains this morning, the Weather Service advised.
Schools in the Julian and Mountain Empire Unified school districts were closed today due to snow. In the far reaches of East County, Interstate 8 was closed in both directions from East Willows Road to Imperial Highway due to hazardous road conditions until around 9 a.m.
In the deserts, a wind advisory is scheduled until 10 a.m. And along the coast, where 7- to 10-foot waves are reported, a high surf advisory will bein effect until 10 a.m.
A a small craft advisory for hazardous seas is scheduled to expire at 11 a.m., but a small craft advisory for winds will then take effect, lasting through this evening.
The NWS reported that as of 8:45 p.m. Sunday, the storm -- which first struck Saturday morning -- had dropped a total of 1.13 inches of rain in Vista, 0.5 inches at Lindbergh Field, 0.73 inches in National City, 1.5 inches in Rancho San Diego, 2.85 inches in Alpine, 2.24 inches in Potrero, 1.93 inches on Mount Woodson, 1.72 inches in Escondido and 1.89 inches in Valley Center.
In the mountains, the first two days of the storm brought 10 inches of snow on Palomar Mountain, 12 inches in Julian and 14 inches on Mount Laguna, the NWS reported.
A frost advisory is scheduled in the valleys from late tonight until early Tuesday. During the advisory period, temperatures in the valleys will fall to near freezing, the Weather Service reported.