Our latest winter storm is here and it will bring the chance for rain through Wednesday. Rain will become heavier tonight, with snow blowing and drifting in our mountains.
The storm brings widespread rain, mountain snow, gusty damaging winds and possible thunderstorms overnight into tomorrow.
Rainfall totals will average between .50 to 1.00" from the coast to valleys. Isolated thunderstorms can't be ruled out tonight into early Wednesday morning. Thunderstorms will be able to produce heavy downpours, and hail. Expect ponding on the roadways, and slick conditions through Wednesday's morning commute.
Snow will be a major impact in the mountains. Snow levels will be dropping to 3,500' overnight and as low as 2,500' to 3,000' by tomorrow morning. A Winter Storm Warning will be in effect until 6pm Wednesday above 4,000 feet.
2,000 to 4,000': 1 to 3" including Pine Valley, Warner Springs and Descanso with even a dusting possible at low elevations like Alpine.
4,000 to 6,000': 3 to 6" including Julian and Ranchita
Highest mountain peaks above 6,000' like Palomar Mountain and Mt. Laguna expect 8 to 14" of snow.
Strong winds will accompany this storm with winds peaking late morning into the afternoon.
A Wind Advisory has been extended for the coast and valleys from 9am Wednesday with southwesterly gusts of 15 to 35mph.
We gradually dry out Wednesday, but temperatures will plummet at night under clear skies. Patchy frost can be expected Thursday morning in the wake of the storm, with a Freeze Watch in effect tomorrow night into Thursday morning for the inland areas. Widespread temperatures in the 30s with the coldest spots dipping as low as 28 degrees.
Sunshine and warmer weather returns Thursday afternoon with greater warming into the weekend; temperatures will heat back to the 70s to the coast and valleys this weekend but even warmer early next week.
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