SAN DIEGO -- Several routes to San Diego's mountain communities were shut down in East County Thursday morning due to heavy snow.
All eastbound lanes of Interstate 8 were closed just past Alpine at East Willows Road around 8 a.m. due to the conditions, Caltrans said. By 11 a.m., the highway reopened, though a long line of traffic had backed up at the closure point. Vehicles started trickling through the area slowly.
A short time after announcing the I-8 closure, Caltrans said authorities were also closing eastbound state Route 78 and state Route 79 in the Santa Ysabel area due to the snow. That closure lasted until around 11:30 a.m.
What’s this stuff falling from the sky in Alpine? ❄️ FYI, East bound interstate 8 from East Willows is closed for the time being due to weather conditions. @SDSOAlpine reminds you to use caution while driving today. #Snow #DriveSafe #Winter pic.twitter.com/D9p9oOCFGR
— Alpine Station (@SDSOAlpine) December 26, 2019
Palomar Mountain had received about 10 inches of snow by 8 a.m. Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. Pine Valley reported snowfall of about 2 inches, with the Ranchita area receiving 4 inches of snow.
Steady rain was expected throughout San Diego County, NWS said, and snow levels were expected to drop to around 3,500 feet. Some light dusting was even spotted at elevations as low as Jamul.
SkyFOX flew over the snow and I-8 closure late Thursday morning: