Rare spring storm frosts Mt. Laguna with snow

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SAN DIEGO -- A chilly, blustery storm swept through drought-parched San Diego County Friday, bringing more than an inch of rain to some areas and snow to the mountains.

About an inch of snow fell on Mount Laguna, and scattered traces of it came down in Pine Valley and other East County locales. By the time the storm peters out early Saturday, up to 5 inches of snow could accumulate in the highest local elevations, according to meteorologists.

Drivers on mountain roads were urged to use caution due to expected brief periods of heavy snow, strong winds and fog reducing visibility to a quarter-mile or less at times.

By late morning, bands of dark clouds let loose with more than an inch of moisture to parts of the county, according to the National Weather Service.

Rainfall totals as of 11 a.m. included 1.18 inches at Henshaw Dam; 1.09 inches in Warner Springs; 1.06 inches in Pine Hills; 1.02 inches at Lake Cuyamaca; 0.82 of an inch in Escondido and 0.76 of an inch in Rancho Bernardo.

Other rainfall totals in inches were:

  • 0.61 in Serra Mesa;
  • 0.57 in San Marcos;
  • 0.47 in Lake Murray, Ramona and Santee, and at Lindbergh Field;
  • 0.47 in Santee;
  • 0.45 in Valley Center;
  • 0.49 in Ramona;
  • 0.40 in Mission Valley;
  • 0.37 in Poway;
  • 0.33 in San Onofre;
  • 0.32 in the Granite Hills area of El Cajon;
  • 0.31 in Encinitas and Point Loma, Deer Springs and San Diego Country Estates;
  • 0.30 in Bonsall;
  • 0.29 in Fallbrook;
  • 0.25 in Carlsbad;
  • 0.20 in San Ysidro;
  • and 0.16 in Oceanside.

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