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After Storm, San Diegans Head For Snow In The Mountains

Melissa Studer helps her husband Chris put chains on their car near Mt. Lagun...

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Above: Melissa Studer helps her husband Chris put chains on their car near Mt. Laguna, Nov. 29, 2019.

A cold and wet winter storm brought snow to San Diego’s mountains and San Diegans flocked to check out the white stuff. The storm brought as much as a foot of snow at Palomar Mountain and at least two to three inches in the Pine Valley area.

And off I-8 near Pine Valley, dozens were trying to get up to Mt. Laguna. But unless you had a four-wheel-drive vehicle, you needed chains to do it. For many people Friday it was their first time trying to put chains on.

"It’s fairly straightforward except the snow and slush makes it a little more difficult," said La Jolla resident Chris Studer.

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Spring Womack came from Spring Valley with her mom and girlfriend. They too had some trouble.

"It was just kind of difficult to get it on the back part of the inside of the tire," Womack said. "It’s working out — we’re not yelling too much it’s a little bit confusing but we’re just figuring it out."

The California Highway Patrol did not have to close any roads during the day Friday. Caltrans did have snow plows working throughout the day to make sure freeways were clear.

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