Storm Brings Rain, Hail and Snow

Hail was reported along I-805 at Nobel Monday afternoon

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    Two women hold rain umbrellas in downtown San Diego on Feb. 27, 2012.

    If the winter storm headed toward San Diego moves ashore when expected, it could be a messy evening commute around the county.

    There have been spotty areas of rain throughout the afternoon but the real rain should be expected to reach most areas of the county after 3 p.m. Monday forecasters said.

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    On a rainy Monday, NBC 7's Steven Luke checks the traffic along Interstate 806 at Adams Avenue in Normal Heights, one of San Diego's busiest stretches. (Published Monday, Feb. 27, 2012)

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    "Love the change in weather. I'm lucky though, because I get to stay home and not have to travel the freeways and battle the work traffic," San Diegan Norma Heinz posted on the NBCSanDiego Facebook page.

    Storm Brings Rain, Hail, Snow

    [DGO] Storm Brings Rain, Hail, Snow
    Even before the rain began, the storm's effects were being felt for better or worse. Torrey Pines Glider Port instructor Steve Stackable talks with NBC 7's Greg Bledsoe. (Published Monday, Feb. 27, 2012)

    The California Highway Patrol advises drivers to travel cautiously on the slick roads and try and leave work early to avoid the rush hour.

    Hail was reported along Interstate 805 at Nobel around 2:40 p.m. Monday.

    Whitney Southwick's Noon Forecast for Monday Feb. 27, 2012

    [DGO] Whitney Southwick's Noon Forecast for Monday Feb. 27, 2012
    Whitney Southwick's Noon Forecast for Monday Feb. 27, 2012 (Published Monday, Feb. 27, 2012)

    A winter storm warning is in effect beginning until 3 a.m. Tuesday above 3500 feet.

    The storm could bring between two and six inches of snow above the 3500-foot level and up to nine inches of snow above the 4500-foot level.

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    For a storm like the one expected Monday late afternoon CHP often sees twice as many collisions as usual. Greg Bledsoe tells you what to expect and what you could potentially get a ticket for during the storm. (Published Monday, Feb. 27, 2012)

    “In addition to the snow, we’ll have some pretty strong winds out there,” said meteorologist Greg Bledsoe.

    By 3:30 p.m. Monday, the Laguna Mountain Lodge in Julian reported snowfall.

    A high wind warning is also in effect from midnight Sunday through 3 a.m. Tuesday. Some areas of the deserts will see winds between 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 50 or 60 mph according to the National Weather Service.

    Because of the snow and winds, the NWS warns visibility could be reduced to near zero at times for people driving through the mountains east of San Diego.

    Even the Coastal and Inland Valley areas are under a wind advisory.

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