Snow advisory issued for county mountain areas

Winter weather advisory in effect until midnight

SAN DIEGO - With the winter storm passing through bringing snow to higher elevations, a snow advisory has been issued and chains are being required in county mountain areas, a California Highway Patrol dispatcher said.

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The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory Sunday evening for mountains areas in San Diego and Riverside counties. The advisory will be in effect until midnight.

"There is a traffic advisory for Sunrise Highway leading to Mt. Laguna, Highway 79 through Cuyamaca State Park leading to Julian and Olde Highway 80, and chains are required," the CHP dispatcher said.

The dispatcher said chains were also being required on Palomar Mountain, where snow was reported falling above the 3,000-foot level. Chains are being required on vehicles traveling in both areas until further notice.

The chain requirement went into effect at 5:42 a.m. for Sunrise Highway and Highway 79, and at 1:51 p.m. on Palomar Mountain, the dispatcher said.

A chain requirement is issued by the San Diego County Road Department, which is also responsible for plowing mountain highways during snow events.

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