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Schools take a snow day, drivers plow through county roads

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JULIAN (NEWS 8/CNS) - A winter storm that dumped several inches of snow on San Diego County's mountain communities overnight forced the closure of schools in five school districts Tuesday, county education officials said.

Classes were cancelled Tuesday for campuses in the following districts due to inclement weather, according to Music Watson, spokeswoman for the San Diego County Office of Education.

  • Julian Union School District,
  • Julian Union High School District,
  • Mountain Empire Unified School District,
  • Spencer Valley School District
  • Warner Unified School District

The county says "the safety and security of students, faculty, and staff is of the utmost importance to schools across the county." 

Up to 8 inches of snow was expected at Mt. Laguna and other top-elevation locations in the mountains, while 3 to 4 inches was expected to accumulate in Julian, according to the National Weather Service. The snow prompted the NWS to issue a winter storm warning that covered Julian and Pine Valley.

The winter storm warning -- signifying severe winter weather, heavy snow and hazardous travel conditions -- went into effect at 7 p.m. Monday and was due to expire at 10 Tuesday night, according to the NWS.

The weather service urged drivers to use extra caution while traveling and to be alert for areas of low visibility.

"If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency," the NWS warned.

Follow the San Diego County Office of Education on Twitter @SanDiegoCOE for tweets from various emergency agencies and school districts as well as live updates.

Facebook Video: News 8's photojournalist Mike Lamar captures snow coming down in Julian Tuesday morning (February 27, 2018).


 Snow blanketed roads in Julian (News 8's Photojournalist Mike Lamar).

 Snow blanketed roads in Julian (News 8's Photojournalist Mike Lamar).

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