Cold storm to dump more snow in East County mountains

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SAN DIEGO -- A cold storm will move over San Diego County Wednesday and bring more snow to the mountains of East County, forecasters said.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for the mountains ins San Diego, Riverside and San Bernardino counties from 1 p.m. on Wednesday through 1 a.m. Friday. Forecasters predicted heavy snow for Pine Valley, Julian and the Sunrise Highway on Mount Laguna.

More than a foot of new snow at elevations above 5500 feet, but elevations as low as 2500 feet could see 1 to three inches of snow, according to the NWS. Along the coast, the storm is expected to drop between 0.5 and 0.75 inches of rain. Inland valleys can expect from 0.75 to 1.5 inches of rain.

People traveling over Interstate 8 to Imperial County or in other high-elevation areas during the storm were advised to bring emergency provisions including an extra flashlight, food, water and warm clothing in their cars.

Since Oct. 1, San Diego's official precipitation station at Lindbergh Field has tallied 10.35 inches of moisture, exceeding the amount -- 10.33 inches -- considered "normal" for the city to get during an entire year of average rainfall, meteorologist Noel Isla said.

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