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Low snow makes driving a challenge in East San Diego County

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Posted at 1:31 PM, Feb 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-21 17:38:45-05

PINE VALLEY, Calif. (KGTV) - Snow came down steadily and heavy at times in the Pine Valley area of East San Diego County Thursday.

At Sunrise Hwy and Old Highway 80, the California Highway Patrol and Caltrans established a checkpoint requiring snow chains to proceed toward higher elevations of Mt. Laguna.

The drive eastbound on Interstate 8 from San Diego was largely heavy rain and wind until Highway 79, when the rain turned to snow at about 3,700 feet.

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10News spoke to CHP and Caltrans officials in the area who said there had been a few minor accidents before noon with vehicles sliding off I-8 and Highway 79. No one was injured, officials said.

10News spoke to a family that drove up from El Cajon to see the snow. Grandpa Tommy Diaz said he didn't think the drive was too bad; there was some ice on the road. He just kept it slow.

"You've got to be mindful of other cars around you," said Diaz. "Because there's always that guy who want to go fast. It's my granddaughter's first time in the snow so we just stay in the slow lane."

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CHP said chain requirements along Sunrise Highway were expected to be in place throughout the day.