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Spring Storm Brings Snow, Cool Temperatures to San Diego

People in Mount Laguna were surprised to get several inches of snow Wednesday morning. NBC 7’s Sherene Tagharobi talked to hikers hiking from Mexico to Canada who say this is not what they expected on their trek. (Published Wednesday, Apr 2, 2014)

For most of San Diego County, the sign of a winter storm is evident with just one step outside.

Cool weather conditions have prompted many residents to grab a jacket or sweater when they head out the door Wednesday.

Whitney Southwick's Midday Forecast for Wednesday April 2, 2014

[DGO] Whitney Southwick's Midday Forecast for Wednesday April 2, 2014
Whitney Southwick's Midday Forecast for Wednesday April 2, 2014
(Published Wednesday, April 2, 2014)

The county is under a winter weather advisory according to the National Weather Service.

In the mountains, that means snow.

A few adventure seekers walking along the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada were caught off guard by the snow.

"With weather like this, we had to set up camp on trail last night," Anchorage, Alaska resident Billy Harms said. "It was borderline hypothermia, probably. There were some shivers. It was cold." 

Harms said he and his nephew Jarred Ruegsegger will be walking to Wrightwood and have the right equipment for the colder temperatures.

They said the weather was a little bit of a challenge but they find it enjoyable just the same.

Residents in the areas of Cuyamaca and Laguna Mountain can count on one hand the number of times they’ve gotten snow this season.

Scattered snow showers appeared earlier Wednesday and tapered off before noon.

NBC 7’s Whitney Southwick said it is likely the last snowstorm of the year and most of the snow will be gone by Thursday.

Snow levels were expected to reach 4000 to 4500 feet with 1 to 3 inches of snow above 4500 feet, according to the National Weather Service.

The winter weather advisory expires at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

As for the rest of the county, expect cooler temperatures maxing out in the low 60s west of the mountains, and the upper 30s in the mountains, according to Southwick.