Snowfall in the city of San Diego not unheard of, but it is rare

SAN DIEGO - While snowfall in the city of San Diego is not unheard of, it is rare.

The San Diego History Center shared old photos with 10News. Photos taken in January 1913 show a frozen fountain in the area now called Horton Plaza. It was 22 degrees outside.

In other photos, men in their hats and coats can be seen holding broken chucks of ice from the frozen fountain's water.

One picture read "once in a lifetime in San Diego."

However, it happened again. In January 1949, snow covered the palm trees and the parking lot of the County Administration Building while a snow shovel was used to clear the steps.

Measurable snow fell in 1913, 1949 and 1967. Trace amounts fell in 1937 and flurries fell in 1987 and 1990.

Those flurries flew all the way down at sea level.

With the winter storm moving through the county, snow levels are expected to drop down to 1,500 to 2,000 feet. For reference, San Diego is at 13 feet above sea level.

The mountains and hills just east of Poway are where some snowfall is likely to be seen. Ramona at 1,500 feet is just on the cusp. Several inches of snow fell in Julian during the last storm and it is likely to happen again with this storm.

One area to watch is traveling east along Interstate 8 just outside of Alpine. Alpine is at about 1,800 feet. Snow is likely just east of I-8 with this cold storm.

It has been 23 years since snow fell in the city of San Diego.

"So we're due in a few years then, right?" asked Reggie Robinson, who lives in downtown San Diego.

Robinson and his friend Lauren Gleckman said they would like to see it in their lifetime.

"It would be cool if it snowed here because we could hang out in the snow by beach," said Robinson. "That would be perfect."

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