Storm brings snowfall in San Diego Co. mountains, lighter showers in deserts, valleys

High wind warning in effect until 6PM

SAN DIEGO - A cold storm from the Gulf of Alaska brought deep snow to San Diego County mountains early Wednesday and a light dusting to the upper deserts and inland valleys.

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According to National Weather Service preliminary totals, the storm dropped 10 inches of snow on Mount Laguna, seven inches in Julian, six in Boulevard, four in Pine Valley and on Palomar Mountain, two inches in Descanso and one inch in Shelter Valley.

An NWS winter storm warning for the mountains expired at noon.

Though the snowfall ended in most spots early Wednesday, road conditions in the mountains remain hazardous.

Hail fell in Carlsbad and Valley Center Tuesday night and in La Mesa early Wednesday, according to the NWS.

As of noon, 1.18 inches of rain had fallen in Santa Ysabel, 0.83 inches in Alpine, 0.7 inches in Potrero, 0.62 inches in Santee, half an inch in Rancho San Diego, 0.42 inches in Miramar and 0.32 inches at Lindbergh Field.

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Winds of 15 to 25 mph and gusts of and gusts up to 45 mph continued to blow through San Diego County desert areas. A high wind advisory was set to remain in effect until 6 p.m.

Weather service forecasters said the wind could make driving difficult, especially for motorists in high-profile vehicles. The wind may be strong enough to blow over trees and down electrical lines.

A gale warning for mariners will be in effect until 8 p.m.

The NWS issued a high surf advisory through 2 p.m. Thursday, saying 6-10 foot waves were likely this afternoon. The surf should be in the 4-7 foot range Thursday.

Mt. Empire District and Julian High School were closed Wednesday due to snow.

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