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Snow, Rain, Hail Pelt San Diego County; Another Storm Due Wednesday Evening

Up to 10 inches of snow fell in local mountains Monday night though Tuesday morning.

Heavy rain, hail and snow pounded San Diego County early Tuesday, but the precipitation was expected to disappear this morning before a less vigorous storm likely arrives Wednesday evening.

The storm that arrived Monday is moving quickly to the east, according to the National Weather Service.

As of 9:30 p.m. Monday, the storm had dropped 0.75 inches of rain in Carlsbad; 0.95 in Vista; 0.55 at MCAS Miramar; 0.37 at Lindbergh Field; 0.32 in Chula Vista; 0.88 in Valley Center; 0.77 in Rancho Bernardo; 0.45 in Ramona; 0.5 in Santee; and 0.58 in Alpine.

An average of around 10 inches of snow accumulated in the mountains, where light snow showers were expected to persist until about 10 a.m.

Mountain areas are being swept by west-to-northwest winds blowing at between 25 and 35 miles per hour and gusting at up to 45 mph over the ridges, according to an NWS advisory.

Affected areas include Boulevard, Cameron, Campo, Cuyamaca, Descanso, Julian, Lake Henshaw, Morena Village, Mount Laguna, Oak Grove, Pine Hills, Pine Valley, Ranchita, Santa Ysabel and Warner Springs.

Travelers in the mountains were urged to carry chains, a flashlight, extra food and clothing.

A wind advisory for the deserts and a small craft advisory both expired at 7 a.m.

A freeze watch was scheduled to go in effect in the inland valleys at 10 p.m. but was canceled by the Weather Service this morning.

-- City News Service

Julie Pendray February 28, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Thanks once again to our reader Kat McClanahan for her awesome snow photos, taken from the drive from Ramona to Julian this morning. As of about 9am, Kat said it was still cloudy, wet and slippery up there & maybe it's best to wait a bit before going to play in the snow.
Susan Martin February 28, 2012 at 07:29 PM
Fantastic pics, appreciate them!

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