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    NEWSLETTERS

    Monica Dean
    Snow in Julian.

    At the Eagle and Bear Cafe near Mt. Laguna, a storm could be just the thing for the bottom line.

    Even though cafe owner Ray Rodgers closed up Tuesday night when crowds dwindled because of the storm, that doesn't mean that snow is all bad for business.

    "The best thing that could happen to us is that it snows like crazy from Monday through Wednesday and stops then the sun comes out," said Rodgers. "Then we get the roads cleared and all the tourists can come up and buy hot chocolate, hot dogs and hamburgers."

    The storm that brought rain to the lower elevations brough snow last night to the mountains and foothills - falling even in Pine Valley. A snow day was declared Wednesday for schools in Julian.

    At the Mt. Laguna Fire department, a group of young firefighters pass the time and wait to see what the weather will bring.

    "Mostly it's a lot of stuck vehicles because people don't obey the traffic laws and chains and sometimes vehicles will spin off the road," said firefighter Eddie Murphy.

    "We're just hanging out to see what happens," he said.

    Looking at the forecast, if anyone wants to enjoy the snow they'll have only a few days to get there. The National Weather Service is forecasting one to two inches of snowfall Wednesday for Mt. Laguna and highs in the upper 50s on Thursday and Friday. Saturday should be sunny with a high near 62 according to the NWS.