SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - San Diego County will experience some cold days and chilly nights as the work week draws to a close.
A winter storm is expected to drench the area with rain and dump heavy snow on the region’s mountains.
Scattered showers are expected throughout the day on Thursday, bringing even more snowfall to the mountain areas.
Due to the rain, SeaWorld San Diego announced that the park will be closed Thursday. SeaWorld plans to reopen Friday, February 22.
According to the National Weather Service, snow levels will remain above 4,500 feet on Wednesday, then drop to around 3,000 feet during the day Thursday before falling to 2,500 feet by Thursday night.
Up to 18 inches of snow is possible near the top of Palomar Mountains through Friday, while Mount Laguna could get up to 20 inches, and anywhere from 8 to 9 inches of snow is expected in Julian, the NWS said.
A Winter Storm Warning for the county’s mountains that will last until 1 a.m. Friday.
The inclement weather will make travel to mountain locales hazardous or impossible, NWS forecasters said.
"If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of emergency," the NWS warned.
By Friday, temperatures will warm up slightly, according to Megan’s forecast.
City News Service contributed to this report