As of 8:30 a.m., snow was falling on Mt. Laguna, Fox 5’s Ashley Jacobs reported from the Sunrise Highway. Fox 5’s doppler radar showed widespread showers from the coast to the mountains, Fox 5 weathercast Chrissy Russo said.
The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning until 4 p.m. for the mountains, saying snowfall was likely above 4,500 feet.
Travelers in the mountains should be prepared for hazardous winter weather conditions, chain controls and possible road closures, Jacobs said. Officials recommend that mountain travelers carry chains and take extra food and clothing.
The Weather Service also issued a marine weather statement for coastal waters off San Diego County, saying isolated thunderstorms were possible through early Tuesday morning. Mariners were cautioned to seek safe harbor should they spot threatening weather approaching.
Over a 12-hour period ending at 11 a.m., according to the NWS, the unsettled atmospheric system dropped 0.72 of an inch of precipitation in Deer Springs; 0.67 in Valley Center; 0.65 in Encinitas; 0.55 at Lake Cuyamaca; 0.52 in Carlsbad; 0.5 in Valley Center; 0.48 in Descanso; 0.44 in Escondido and the Los Coches Creek area; 0.37 in Pine Hills; 0.35 on Otay Mountain; 0.34 at Henshaw Dam; 0.3 in Alpine; 0.28 in Poway; 0.27 in Warner Springs; 0.26 in Tierra del Sol; 0.22 in Campo; 0.2 at Dulzura Summit and Lake Murray; 0.14 at Lindbergh Field; 0.12 in Mission Valley; 0.06 in Point Loma; 0.03 in Ocotillo Wells; and 0.01 in Borrego Springs.
In the mountains, eight inches of snow accumulation was reported on Palomar Mountain as of Sunday night.
The forecast calls for showers, snow flurries and occasional thunderstorms over the county through Monday night and possibly into early Tuesday, Russo said.
Enough rain saturated the ground in La Mesa causing a large tree to topple on Rosehedge Drive.
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