A cold Pacific storm system will bring quick bursts of heavy snow to the mountains of San Diego County Wednesday afternoon and mostly light to moderate rain to the rest of the region, meteorologists said.
The National Weather Service scheduled a winter weather advisory for mountain areas above 4,500 feet until 5 p.m., saying three to seven inches of snow accumulation was possible in those parts. The agency issues a winter weather advisory whenever snow is expected to impact motorists.
"Travel will be hazardous in the mountains due to snow covered roadways and poor visibility ... chains may be required in some areas," the NWS said.
Early Wednesday, rain fell around the rest of the county. The NWS said Wednesday's showers would mostly be light to moderate, though there was heavier precipitation in the morning. Rainfall totals throughout the county are expected to measure from around a half-inch to full inch for the day.
Beachgoers: Stay out of the Water
The county's Department of Environmental Health Wednesday issued a general advisory to beachgoers to stay out of the water for the next 72 hours due to the morning's rainfall.
"Swimmers, surfers and other ocean users are warned that levels of bacteria can rise significantly in ocean and bay waters, especially near storm drains, creeks, rivers and lagoon outlets that discharge urban runoff," read the advisory.
Urban runoff can include animal waste, soil and decomposing vegetation, among other things.
The County is making free sandbags available to residents in unincorporated areas. Residents just need to bring their own shovel to the following pickup locations:
- Cal Fire Station 73: 28205 North Lake Wohlford Road, Valley Center
- Pauma Valley-Rincon, Cal Fire Station 70: 16971 Highway 76, Valley Center
- Cal Fire Station 50: 1587 Highway 78, Julian
- Alpine Fire Protection District, Station 17: 1364 Tavern Road, Alpine (Bags ONLY)
- Ramona Station: 3410 Dye Road, Ramona, CA
- North County Fire Protection District, Station 4: 4375 Pala Mesa Drive, Fallbrook
- Cal Fire Station 30: 17304 Highway 94, Dulzura
- Bonita/Sunnyside Fire Department: 4900 Bonita Road, Bonita