San Diego County: Officials encourage preparation for incoming winter storms

Rain could fall up to the elevation of Pine valley, and snow might dust Julian and higher points, as a low pressure system moves toward the County, forecasters said today.

The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory starting at midnight and expiring at noon Monday. The NWS expected rain to turn to snow early Monday at about the 4,500 foot level, which includes Cuyamaca, Mount Laguna and Ranchita.

And snow could dust Interstate 8 in East County early Monday,as the snow level drops to 4,000 feet, the NWS said. That would indicate possible snow at Julian, elevation 4,226, but not at Pine Valley, elevation 3,736.

“A colder low pressure system from the northwest will move across the Southern California coastal waters and adjacent land areas for tonight and Monday bringing showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms,” the NWS advisory said.

Forecasters expected showers to increase late tonight with the most significant of them and a slight chance of thunderstorms Monday morning.

Less than 2 inches of snow was expected to fall below 4,500 feet, according to the NWS. Above that contour, 2-4 inches could accumulate in higher elevations.

Southwest winds of 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 40 mph were also possible.

Meteorologists said blowing snow and fog could reduce visibility at times and said mountain residents and travelers should be prepared for hazardous driving conditions and slick roads. Motorists are advised to carry snow chains, along with extra clothing and food.

5 Responses to "San Diego County: Officials encourage preparation for incoming winter storms"

  1. Wow   February 3, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    The 0.01 inches of rain was just devestating. How about the NWS explaining how they can be so wrong here in the 21st century?

  2. Lee   February 3, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    @ #1 Wow

    I couldn’t agree more with you. Plus, why do we call rainfall . . . a storm? It’s so overly-dramatic, isn’t it? Isn’t rainfall/storms during winter . . . simply winter? Why the need for drama even in our semantics, oh you know, "We have to FIGHT obesity" . . . and "We have to FIGHT cancer" . . . and "We have to BATTLE diabetes", etc. . . . and on and on the fightin’ goes.

    Oh, never mind, I know why. Fear, panic, paranoia, the boogieman is out to get us, heck, maybe even a rain drop is out to get us . . . ‘cuz we all know that a raindrop, YES, is a terrorist. Quick, quick, scurry indoors ‘cuz the . . . enemy is a comin’, you know a BIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIG storm.

    Riiiiiiiiiight, riiiiiiiight.

  3. DR DR   February 4, 2014 at 9:58 am

    What drugs are you taking to come up with such weird stuff, Lee? Your parents must have dropped you on your head or what exactly? When it rains, it is a storm. It is a fight to stop shoving food into my mouth everyday – I love food-I’m fighting willpower and so on….

  4. Fallbrook res.   February 4, 2014 at 11:50 am

    Thank you Village news, I used the mower one last time before the rain comes. Some people need to know when it may rain, so we can make outdoor plans work better. Don’t mind the crazy posts with nothing better to do, they don’t make plans. DRIVERS need to slow down when it rains, we have cars bumping each other left and right!

  5. Wizard of Fallbrook   February 6, 2014 at 5:46 am

    Still waiting on the storm and for the VN to take down reports thats been up for days……..


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