Colder through the weekend, setting up for mountain snow - The CW San Diego - News 8


winter storm
San Diego County Mountains, CA

San Diego County Mountains-
Including the cities of Julian and Pine Valley
1230 PM PST Sat Feb 16 2019

ABOVE 4000 FEET...

* WHAT...Snow occurring. Plan on difficult travel conditions.
Damage to trees and power lines is possible. Total snow
accumulations of 4 to 6 inches, with localized amounts up to 12
inches above 4500 feet, are expected. Strong west winds of 25
to 35 mph with gusts to 60 mph.

* WHERE...The mountains, mainly above 4,000 feet elevation, but
snow accumulating down to around 3,500 feet on Sunday. This may
include the heavily traveled Cajon Pass, along I-8 through
eastern San Diego County.

* WHEN...For the Winter Storm Warning, 2 PM Sunday to 6 AM
Monday. For the Winter Weather Advisory, until 2 PM Sunday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Periods of snow and gusty winds through
midday Sunday will increase late in the day through the evening
with significant snow accumulations expected as low as 4000
feet. Be prepared for snowy or icy mountain roads and chain
controls in place. travel will be hazardous at times due to
reduced visibility in fog, snow and blowing snow.

* The snow and wind will decrease early Monday morning.


A Winter Storm Warning for snow means severe winter weather
conditions are expected. If you must travel, keep an extra
flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an

For road condition information in California...enter
8 0 0 4 2 7 7 6 2 3 if inside california or
9 1 6 4 5 5 7 6 2 3 if outside California.

A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means periods of snow will
cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered
roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.

For road condition information in California...enter
8 0 0 4 2 7 7 6 2 3 if inside california or
9 1 6 4 5 5 7 6 2 3 if outside California.


Colder through the weekend, setting up for mountain snow

Weather Update: Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 12:30 p.m.

Weekend conditions are looking cool and wet. A series of low pressures will keep cold air and a chance of rain in the forecast each afternoon and evening through Sunday. Stronger, colder system on Sunday will bring a chance of snow to San Diego mountains. Drier, warmer conditions early next week will not last long. 

Light to moderate shower activity started to move in across San Diego on Friday night. This first round of weekend rain is expected to continue into early morning Saturday. By daybreak, we will see a break in the wet weather with partly sunny skies for the rest of the day.

  • Saturday afternoon high temperatures will be below seasonal norms. 
    • Coastal highs: upper 50s, norm: 65°
    • Inland highs: upper 50s, norm: 70°
    • Mountain highs: mid 40s, norm: 53°
    • Desert highs: low 60s, norm: 71°

By Saturday night, scattered showers will return, mostly light activity. Total rainfall from Friday through Saturday is looking to top out at 0.25" at the coast and inland, less than 0.75" for the mountains.

Snow level will drop from 5,000' Friday night to near 4,000' by Saturday night. Snow levels are expected to drop further, down to 3000,' on Sunday as a very cold and stronger low pressure trough swings southward. This will create another opportunity for widespread light to moderate rain and heavier snow in San Diego mountains. By the time we wrap up the weekend, we could see a foot of snow in our local mountains. A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued above 4,000' until 2 AM Monday. 

  • Sunday afternoon high temperatures will be colder. 
    • Coastal highs: upper 50s, norm: 65°
    • Inland highs: mid 50s, norm: 70°
    • Mountain highs: low 40s, norm: 53°
    • Desert highs: mid 50s, norm: 71°

As a ridge of high pressure builds in behind the exiting system, a drier Monday and Tuesday will greet us, but will not last long. Our mid-week forecast will bring another cold trough. More rain and cold temperatures will come with this system late next week. 


  • Wind Advisory is still in place for the San Diego mountains until 4 AM Saturday. Wind of 20-30 mph may gust up to 55 mph. 
  • Beach Hazards Statement is in effect for San Diego beaches until 4 PM Sunday. Surf heights of 3'-6' will increase up to 7' on Sunday mainly south of Encinitas. High surf and strong rip currents will make swimming conditions hazardous.   
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