Snow, gusty winds forecast for San Diego County mountains

SAN DIEGO - The 10News Pinpoint Weather Team says a cold low pressure system moving in from the northwest will bring periods of snow and gusty winds to the San Diego County mountains on Thursday.

Weathercaster Robert Santos said a winter weather advisory has been issued for the mountains from 7 a.m. Thursday to 1 a.m. Friday.

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Snow showers could begin as early as late Wednesday before tapering off Thursday night. By Thursday morning, snow levels will have dropped to between 3,500 and 4,000 feet.

A winter weather advisory means that periods of snow will make travel difficult. Motorists were cautioned to be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibility on Thursday.

A general dusting from 3,500 to 4,000 feet is expected, with up to 4 inches of snow accumulation from 4,000 to 6,000 feet and up to 5 inches above 6,000 feet.

Wind advisories for the mountains and deserts have also been issued from 10 p.m. Wednesday to 7 p.m. Thursday. A wind advisory is issued whenever winds of 35 mph or more are expected.

The 10News Pinpoint Weather Team indicated that there would be sustained southwest to west winds of 20 to 30 mph, with widespread gusts up to 50 mph, in the mountains Thursday.

Isolated gusts up to 60 to 65 mph were also possible near mountain ridge tops and on desert slopes.

According to the advisory, winds will make driving difficult, especially for motorists with high profile vehicles. Drivers should watch for downed trees and other debris.

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