SAN DIEGO – Scattered showers brought snow to higher elevations and gusty winds to the mountains, but the winds were expected to die down Saturday night, and a slight warming trend should start Sunday and continue through mid-week, weather forecasters predicted Saturday.
“We’ve had snow above 4,000 feet in Mt. Laguna, Cuyamaca and Palomar mountains as well as Julian with some winds gusting to 50 mph near the highest peaks,” said meteorologist Brandt Maxwell of the National Weather Service. “Lingering showers will end by Saturday and it will be chilly, in the low 40s in the inland valleys and the upper 30s in Jamul.”
Snow was still on the ground Saturday in Mt. Laguna, but not much.`We had a little dusting, a little bit of ice but it is melting at the moment, it didn’t last,” said Susan Raimond, assistant chief of the Mt. Laguna Volunteer Fire Department. Scattered showers brought between .1 and .2 inches of precipitation to scattered areas throughout the county overnight, Maxwell said.
On Sunday, the weather forecaster said a weak offshore air flow west of the mountains will shift winds from the mountains toward the coast, but they won’t be as strong.“We’ll see gusts in some areas up to 30 mph,” he said. Sunday is expected to bring a warming trend in temperatures.“Most areas will make it into the 60s and it will actually be in the 70s in some areas by Monday,” Maxwell said.
A weak low-pressure center with cooler temperatures is expected by the end of the week. “Friday there will be a chance of a little bit of rain,” Maxwell said.