Gusty winds, rainfall expected for San Diego: Winter weather advisory through Saturday

Snow expected in local mountains at 4,500 ft.

SAN DIEGO - A frigid winter storm delivered downpours, scattered hail and mountain snow to the San Diego area Friday.

The bands of dark clouds dropped anywhere from a few tenths of an inch to about a quarter-inch of rain in the county in the morning and afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

A coastal flood advisory will be in effect until 10 a.m. Saturday. The 10News Pinpoint Weather Team reported that there is the possibility of some minor flooding for areas along our local beaches because of the combination of rain and high tides above 7 feet Saturday morning. Flooding can occur in beach parking lots and nearby low-lying streets, especially in Cardiff near Highway 101, Del Mar, La Jolla and Imperial Beach.

The blustery atmospheric system also generated modest snowfall amounts in some East County highland locales, including Cuyamaca, Descanso, Julian, Mount Laguna and Ranchita, the National Weather Service reported.

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According to the 10News Pinpoint Weather Team, the inland valleys are under a winter weather advisory for snow down to 2,000 feet, isolated thunderstorms and gusty southwestern winds.

Showers will begin tapering off Saturday morning, but while a chance of showers rain Saturday cannot be ruled out, the forecast is calling for partly sunny skies and cool in the mid 50s.

After the storm moves out, the main focus will turn to possible freezes in the inland valleys and mountains over the weekend. In the mountains, where temperatures will drop into the 20s for at least four nights in a row, black ice will be a potential danger.

Fair skies are expected to return next workweek, ushering in a warming trend, according to forecasters.

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