Rain and snow are accumulating tonight
Overnight, snow levels dropped to nearly 3,500 feet! Pine Valley is located at an elevation of about 3,800 feet, and some of the weather watches on 10News showed clips of snow falling and stuck in their backyards while we also sent in photos of snow at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park! Join the 10News Weather Watchers Facebook page.
Expect more rain and snow tonight as another storm moves south bringing increased precipitation after 11/10pm starting in Oceanside and Fallbrook and quickly spreading south by midnight and moving east by 2/3am. This is a quick hitter with heavy rain and snow but it will be short with a slight chance of thunderstorms until tomorrow morning. Thursday will see a few showers during the day with sunshine in between. The weak system will bring another round of light to moderate rain Friday morning with a few showers during the day before finally drying out by Saturday.
The flood warning for the San Diego River continues until 9 a.m. tomorrow with a flood watch extended until 6 a.m. tomorrow from the coast to the mountains.
Palomar Mountain and Laguna Mountain picked up 6 to 8 inches of snow overnight and 3 to 4 inches in the Julian, Descanso and Pine Hills areas. Click here to see more snow reports. A winter storm warning is in effect for our mountains above 4,000 feet through noon tomorrow, when we expect 6 to 10 inches of snow above 4,000 feet including Julian and Ranchita, and 8 to 14 inches above 5,000 feet including Laguna and Mt. Palomar and Lookout Mountain. . Areas like Pine Valley and Descanso could wake up to new dust. Wind speeds can reach up to 60 mph resulting in blizzard-like conditions at times. It’s best to avoid traveling into the mountains due to wintry conditions, but if you have to drive, bring extra chains and supplies just in case. If you visit the mountains, only stop in designated parking areas, respect the property of the people who live there, and never leave trash behind.
Wind conditions will continue until tomorrow in the mountains and deserts, with a wind warning in effect until 7pm tomorrow, with westerly winds of 20 to 35 mph and gusts of 40 to 60 mph. As for the coast and valleys, winds will be active with westerly gusts ranging between 20 and 30 miles per hour.
The end of the work week will be cool with temperatures reaching 10 to 20 degrees below average within the deserts and 5 to 10 degrees below average on the coast.
Rainfall totals so far range from 2 to 4 inches with over 7 inches of rain falling in San Onofre this week! Click here to see rainfall totals where you live. Expect another 0.25 to 1.50 inches of rain through Friday.
A Beach Hazard Statement is in effect for the coast through Thursday night with sets up to 10 feet and strong currents. We will also have a minor threat of low-lying flooding and coastal erosion.
San Diego has now picked up over 8 inches of rain in our water year with our water year surplus now at about 3 inches with more rain falling through Friday.
Things dry out this weekend as sunshine and warmer weather return by next week when temperatures return to near normal. We get a break from the rain with the next possible storm between February 17th and 20th and may see a round of storms follow that.
Highest levels on Thursday:
Coast: 55-59 degrees
Mountains: 30-43 degrees
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