Heavy traffic jams roads leading to mountain snow

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Traffic heading into Julian was backed up for 25-miles.

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JULIAN, Calif. — Roads were jammed as thousands of San Diegans headed to the snowfields and cafes of Julian, a resort in a mountain range that saw 3-9 inches of snowfall.

Chain requirements were dropped on the two highways into Julian Thursday, but remained in effect along Sunrise Highway at Mount Laguna and on Palomar Mountain.

The requirements were dropped on state highways 78 and 79 after roads were cleared of snow and ice.

CHP closed Route 76 to eastbound traffic at Valley Center Road in Pauma Valley, due to snowy conditions and heavy traffic on 76 near the Palomar Mountaiun turnoffs. Local residents are allowed through.

On Wednesday, chains were required on most mountain roads for all vehicles other than those with four-wheel drive as the cold storm pushed snow levels down to about 2,000 feet.

The CHP reported snow was sticking Wednesday on Sunrise Highway and on the hillsides next to Interstate 8, but did not freeze on the freeway’s three summits near the 4,000 elevation. There was also heavy snow in Descanso and at Crestwood, according to the agency.

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