The rain has turned to snow in our local mountains
Overnight, snow levels dropped to nearly 3,500 feet! Pine Valley is located at an elevation of about 3,800 feet, and some weather watches on 10News showed clips of snow falling and stuck in their backyards within this neighborhood. Many school districts in surrounding communities also canceled classes due to inclement weather.
As the rain turned to heavy snow, the NWS issued a winter storm warning for the mountains. Up to 6 inches of snow is likely near 4,000 feet, up to 10 inches above 5,000 feet and nearly 2 feet of snow above 6,000 feet. As remaining moisture allows more snow to continue to fall through Friday, a blizzard is expected, especially this evening when winds pick up, approaching 60 mph. It’s best to avoid traveling along trails and mountains due to wintry conditions, but if you have to drive, use chains when needed and keep them on hand just in case. If you are visiting the mountains, only park in designated parking areas and never leave trash behind.
Near the coast and valleys, we will continue to see periods of heavy rain and thunderstorms with a flood watch remaining for the entire county until 6 a.m. Thursday. A flood warning is in place for Fashion Valley and the surrounding area through Thursday afternoon due to flooding and the San Diego River above flood stage. The warning will likely remain in effect until the waters recede, which may not happen until Friday.
Daytime highs and nighttime lows will remain cool through the rest of the week with temperatures about 20 degrees below season!
We’ll have a short break from the heavy rain this afternoon with pockets of sunshine before a secondary wave rolls in tonight to bring us more rain into Friday, with activity peaking overnight into Thursday morning. We could see an additional half inch to two inches of rain on the coast and valleys.
At the same time, as the onshore flow intensifies, the strength of the waves across our beaches will increase as well. 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 slight threat of low-lying flooding and coastal erosion.
There is light at the end of the tunnel. Just in time for Super Bowl weekend, we will begin to slowly dry out with mostly sunny conditions with moderate temperatures by Sunday.
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