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SNOW DOWN TO 2500 FEET FORECAST FOR MOUNTAINS, WINDS & RAIN ACROSS COUNTY TONIGHT AND MONDAY




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February 26, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – A winter storm is forecast to bring cold temperatures, high winds and snow down to 2500 feet tonight and Monday. Areas expected to receive snow include Aguanga, Boulevard, Cuyamaca, Descanso, Julian, Mount Laguna, Pine Valley and Ranchita.

At higher elevations, 5-9 inches may occur above 4500 feet, with 2 to 6 inches above 3500 feet.  Valley and coastal areas are expected to receive rain.  A high wind warning has also been issued for mountain and desert areas, where gusts up to 60 mph may occur.  Wind gusts of 35 to 40 mph are forecast for valley and coastal areas.

The storm will create hazardous conditions, the National Weather Service advises, so travelers, hikers and campers should be prepared.

 If you must travel in the impacted areas, carry extra water, food, and a flashlight.  Chains may be required at higher elevations and visibility may be limited due to snow in mountains and blowing sand in desert areas.  Watch for broken tree limbs and downed power lines.