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Winter storm hits San Diego County brings flooding, mountain snow, wet roads

A winter storm passed over San Diego Monday bringing rain, mountain snow, and gusty winds to San Diego County.

SAN DIEGO — A winter storm brought mountain snow, and gusty winds to San Diego County on Monday.

A winter storm warning remains in effect until 10 a.m Tuesday for San Diego County mountains.

Low clouds filled in the coastal basin Sunday morning with areas of scattered showers ahead of the approaching storm, the weather service said. Rainfall accumulations from the scattered, light rains were 0.05 of an inch or less as of 9 a.m. The majority of the rainfall has been on coastal-facing slopes of higher terrain.

Snow levels were expected to start around 5,000 feet Sunday, lowering to 4,000 feet on Monday and 3,000 feet by early Tuesday as the precipitation tapers off., forecasters said.

The mountains were predicted to be 41 to 50 with lows of 28 to 38, and highs in the deserts were expected to be 63 to 67 with overnight lows of 40 to 48.

Forecasters said the storm was predicted to exit the region on Tuesday, with dry conditions expected through the end of the week.

Cold conditions should prevail through Wednesday morning, with the potential for widespread frost over the inland valleys.

By Wednesday afternoon, a warming trend may start and was expected to continue into the weekend as a ridge builds in from the west.

No hazardous marine weather conditions were expected through Thursday. West winds may gust nearly 20 knots over the coastal waters Sunday afternoon through the night.

San Diego shelters

City of San Diego Inclement Weather Shelters

School closures

San Diego County's Office of Education closed several mountain area school districts, citing safety concerns due to weather.

The following school districts were closed Monday, January 30, and have a late start Tuesday, January 31.

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

The County Office helps the county’s school districts operate efficiently and with significant cost savings by leveraging resources to perform personnel tasks and provide staff development and other services, according to Stacy Brandy, a Communications Strategist with the San Diego County Office of Education.

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