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Remnants of winter storm brings cool temps and frost to San Diego County, many schools remain closed

San Diego County was under multiple weather advisories including one for freeze and another for frost.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif. — The windy and wet conditions have moved on from the county, but now there are very low temperatures that prompted frost and freeze advisories on Thursday morning from the National Weather Service.  

"Hazardous travel is expected, especially through the mountains," according to the National Weather Service.

School Closures

Due to road and snow conditions, schools in the following districts will be closed on Thursday, Feb. 24

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

Schools in the Julian Union Elementary and Julian Union High school districts will also have a late start on Friday, Feb. 25.

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WATCH: Winter storm leaves a blanket of snow on Main Street in Julian Wednesday morning. (Feb. 23, 2022)

Power Outages

As of 9 a.m. Wednesday, service has been restored to all neighborhoods affected by the winter storm. Check SDG&E's outage map page for the latest updates.

Warnings and Advisories 

Frost Advisory | San Diego County coastal areas: Ended at 8 a.m. Feb. 24

Frost Advisory | San Diego County deserts, inland valley areas: 12:00 a.m. Feb. 25 and ends 8 a.m. Feb. 25

Forecasters said coastal slopes could receive more than an inch of rain, and coastal areas could get a half-inch before the storms moves on.

"There is also a slight chance of thunderstorms for late this afternoon into early Wednesday morning," according to the NWS. "Snow levels around 3,500 to 4,000 feet (Tuesday) morning will fall to 2,000 to 2,500 feet for late (Tuesday night) into Wednesday morning. Showers will continue on Wednesday with greatest coverage in the mountains and in San Diego County. Showers will end from the northwest late Wednesday afternoon and Wednesday night."

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Road conditions 

With snow likely in our local mountains, the California Highway Patrol would like to remind the public of common issues and guidelines to increase safety.  The public is asked to practice good snow etiquette when visiting our local mountains.

The public is reminded to consider the following issues when visiting the local mountains: The following is specific to the Palomar Mountain Area.

  • Check points – The California Highway Patrol will have a check point at both South Grade Road at SR-76 AND East Grade Road at SR-76. Officers will be checking all vehicles for the presence of snow chains including 4x4 and All Wheel Drive vehicles.  Depending on road and weather conditions.
  • Chain control – chains will absolutely be necessary, and only vehicles with chains will be allowed access.  The installation of chains may be required at the check point. Please be advised, there is minimal public locations to enjoy the snow.  Once the parking spaces are at maximum capacity.  No other vehicles will be allowed up the mountain.  Many locations on the mountain are private property.  Therefore, violators trespassing onto private property will be cited or arrested.  In addition, there is limited or no access to restroom facilities. 
  • Trash – the public is reminded to remove any trash they produce and return with it as waste receptacle space will be limited. 
  • Climate Conditions – snow and rain increase hazardous driving conditions, please exercise additional care when driving on slippery or iced over roadways.

Law enforcement said they will be present enforcing these guidelines and laws.

Drier and warmer conditions are expected to develop by Thursday and continue into early next week.

WATCH RELATED: San Diego’s Forecast, Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022 (Morning) 

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