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Sunday Storm Could Bring High Winds, Winter Weather to Certain Areas

National Weather Service issued a wind advisory to be in effect from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday.

Mountain snow, gusty winds and rain in valleys and coastal areas are expected Sunday as a Pacific storm moves into the county, according to the National Weather Service.

A period of moderate to heavy rain is expected late Sunday afternoon. Showers were expected to continue Sunday night but end early Monday, say forecasters.

Rainfall amounts are expected to range from about a quarter to half an inch near the coast and half an inch to 1 inch in the mountains. One-tenth of an inch or less is expected in desert areas.

Coastal areas and valleys were also expected to get south to southwest winds of between 15 and 25 mph with gusts up to 45 mph. The strongest winds are expected to blow though midafternoon through early Sunday evening. 

The wind could down power lines or tree limbs and could make for difficult driving conditions, especially for high profile vehicles, said the weather service.

The National Weather Service also issued a wind advisory that will remain in effect from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday.

The storm could also bring heavy snowfall Sunday night to mountain areas including Cuyamaca, Mount Laguna and Ranchita.

The weather service issued a winter weather advisory that will go into effect at 6 p.m. Sunday for areas with an altitude higher than 5,000 feet. Accumulations of
between 2 and 4 inches are expected in areas above  5,000 feet and up to 8 inches could fall in higher areas. 

Winds of between 20 and 30 mph with gusts of up to 50 mph are also expected with the strongest winds near ridge tops and along desert mountain slopes.

Blowing snow and fog could reduce visibility to near zero at times. Residents and travelers in higher elevations were advised to be prepared for hazardous driving conditions due to slick roads and to carry chains, extra food and clothing.

The low pressure system over the eastern Pacific is expected to move east Saturday night and inland over Southern California late Sunday into early Monday, according to forecasters.

Chris Jennewein March 25, 2012 at 09:10 PM
I hope it doesn't rain. At least the weekend is almost over.
greg Chick March 26, 2012 at 01:56 AM
Make sure you do not get into thinking this is "Colder than normal" because then "Global Warming" is not being confirmed! as well do not say this is out of the ordinary because then you are a person who Believes in" Gullible Warming" Best option is we move the weather Reports to one of two "News" Channels as to comfort the viewers with skewing and half truths. Remember the cold day Al Gore gave a speech and it was cold out of the norm.... this is an example of what I am suggesting, one of the two "News" stations can replay that one as "Favorites" and ignore "Reality" elsewhere. Now if you really want to screw with things you can skew with interpretations of Ice core samples and prove your case regardless of what "News" you watch. I suggest the Weather be Left of right , not correct or incorrect. This way the Weather man is always on cue! Provided one only watches either "News" but not both. This is a way of feeling you are right and when your team loses, "They" are wrong. Sort of a homage to your home team in sports. When they lose, it was the umpire who was wrong, or those other bastards just got lucky. Polarity is the binding thing or should I say blinding thing? Meanwhile "Ode to Oil" is the song being played and we are being Porked. (sorry spell check could not fix that word). What do I believe in ? Entertainment, "News", Weather?, Facts?, "Left", "Right", What to do? You tell me? I am a gullible listener. Greg Chick

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