Winter Weather in San Diego: Rain, Frost, Snow & Frigid Temps

Winter weather in San Diego? Yes, it happens.

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Laguna Mountain Lodge/Facebook
Laguna Mountain Lodge posted this photo on Facebook showing the conditions as of 8 a.m. on March 12, 2019. It was 34 degrees and cloudy, with 1 to 2 inches of snow on the ground.
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HPWREN.UCSD.edu
UC San Diego’s HPWREN cameras captured the snowy conditions on Mount Laguna East on March 12, 2019.
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Ramon Galindo/NBC 7 San Diego
This week’s winter storm dumped a lot of snow on San Diego’s mountains, including at Cuyamaca Rancho State Park off State Route 79, about 15 miles south of Julian. Do you want to build a snowman?
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Ramon Galindo/NBC 7 San Diego
As San Diegans frolicked to the snowy mountains on Feb. 23, 2019, CHP officials had to shut down access to SR-79 leading to Julian. Caltrans crews were busy plowing the roadway so that, eventually, two-way traffic could resume in the area.
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Ramon Galindo/NBC 7 San Diego
This week’s winter storm dumped a lot of snow on San Diego’s mountains, including at Cuyamaca Rancho State Park off State Route 79, about 15 miles south of Julian.
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Ramon Galindo/NBC 7 San Diego
There was a lot of traffic leading up to San Diego’s mountains on Feb. 23, 2019, as people flocked to see the snow.
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Ramon Galindo/NBC 7 San Diego
This week’s winter storm dumped a lot of snow on San Diego’s mountains, including at Cuyamaca Rancho State Park off State Route 79, about 15 miles south of Julian.
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Lions, Tigers & Bears
Residents of The Lions, Tigers & Bears Animal Sanctuary and Big Cat Rescue in Alpine enjoyed a snow day on Feb. 22, 2019.
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Residents of The Lions, Tigers & Bears Animal Sanctuary and Big Cat Rescue in Alpine enjoyed a snow day on Feb. 22, 2019.
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Alexis Hamilton
Temecula resident Alexis Hamilton sent NBC 7 this photo of a snowy Lake Cuyamaca on Feb. 21, 2019.
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Alexis Hamilton
Temecula resident Alexis Hamilton sent NBC 7 this photo of snowy roadways leading to the Anza Desert on Feb. 21, 2019.
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NBC 7
NBC 7’s Audra Stafford did it right: she made snow angels in Pine Valley in the early morning hours of Feb. 21, 2019.
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Melissa Adan
As of 1:20 p.m., the gates were closed along SR-79 at Sunrise Highway in San Diego's East County. The snow caused dangerous conditions on the roads leading up to our local mountains.
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Sharie Wallingford
Julian resident Sharie Wallingford sent this photo of the snowfall from the second-story of her home on Feb. 21, 2019. This was taken around 7 a.m.
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Melissa Adan
A look at snow piling up on Interstate 8 before Pine Valley Road on Feb. 21, 2019. Drivers, equipped with tire chains, were moving slowly through the roadways.
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NBC 5 News
As of 1:20 p.m., the gates were closed along SR-79 at Sunrise Highway in San Diego's East County. The snow caused dangerous conditions on the roads leading up to our local mountains.
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Melissa Adan
A look at snow piling up on Interstate 8 before Pine Valley Road on Feb. 21, 2019. Drivers, equipped with tire chains, were moving slowly through the roadways.
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NBC 7 San Diego
Snow blanketed Pine Valley in San Diego's East County on Feb. 21, 2019.
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Elk Grove Police Department
Snow blanketed Pine Valley in San Diego's East County on Feb. 21, 2019.
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NBC 7 San Diego
Chains were required for drivers making the trek east to Pine Valley.
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Joseph Kaczmarek
Snow blanketed Pine Valley in San Diego's East County on Feb. 21, 2019.
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CSNPhilly.com
The owners of Laguna Mountain Lodge posted this photo on Facebook showing the snowy conditions on Feb. 21, 2019. As of 8 a.m., the business was reporting 13+ inches of snow on the ground and a temperature of 28 degrees. Motorists heading to the mountains were required to use chains on their tires.
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HPWREN/UC San Diego
UC San Diego’s HPWREN cameras captured a snow-covered Mount Laguna East at 10:45 a.m. on Feb. 21, 2019.
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Jason Luskie
Believe it or not, it was hailing for a brief moment in Mira Mesa at around 10:45 a.m. on Feb. 21, 2019.
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Melissa Adan
Snow on the ground at a campsite in Julian, California, in San Diego's East County, on Feb. 20, 2019.
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A shopper walking during a light but windy dusting of snow in Julian.
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Melissa Adan
At around 2 p.m. on Feb. 20, 2019, it was lightly snowing in Julian. As the flurries came down, they quickly evaporated.
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NBC 5
A baseball, presumably awry during a game of catch, comes to rest in a pothole that appears to be around 2.86 to 2.94 inches deep (the diameter of a regulation baseball as determined by Major League Baseball).
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Suministrada
A large tree toppled at a home in Carlsbad on Feb. 20, 2019, as the cold, wet weather persisted.
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Joseph Kaczmarek
Cars were dusted with frost as the chilly temperatures struck the county on Feb. 19, 2019.
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Monica Garske
Cars were dusted with frost as the chilly temperatures struck the county on Feb. 19, 2019.
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Monica Garske
Brrrr. It was a chilly 34 degrees in Santee at 6 a.m. on Feb. 19, 2019.
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Alexander Nguyen
Snow filled SR-79 at Sunrise Highway shortly before 5 p.m. on Feb. 18, 2019.
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Scott Baird
NBC 7 photojournalist Scott Baird captured this breathtaking photo of a double rainbow in San Marcos on Feb. 18, 2019. After a few minutes of heavy rain in the evening, this beauty appeared in the sky.
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Joseph Kaczmarek
The pond overflowed at Libby Lake Park in Oceanside, flooding the paths and a picnic table.
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Dalton Johnson
Sheriff's deputies reported large crowds in mountain areas like Julian and Mt. Laguna. Officials said there was heavy traffic due to the windy and icy conditions.
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Ted Larson
A rainbow could be see over Fuerte Elementary School in El Cajon following the week of stormy weather.
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Calvin Pearce
Following the heavy rain, a large tree came crashing down on a home in Escondido overnight on Feb. 15, 2019. The homeowner and his pregnant wife were sleeping inside but were not hurt.
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Calvin Pearce
Following the heavy rain, a large tree came crashing down on a home in Escondido overnight on Feb. 15, 2019. The homeowner and his pregnant wife were sleeping inside but were not hurt.
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A pool in the backyard of a Vista home is filled to the top with murky, muddy stormwater.
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A Swift Water Rescue crew pulled a dead man's body out of the Escondido Creek. They were responding to reports of a man kayaking in the flood control channel. When they got there they found the man's body stuck in a bush underneath the rapid water.
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Curt
A car can be seen submerged in water on Lilac Road in Valley Center.
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Joseph Kaczmarek
At around 2 p.m. on Valentine’s Day, a tree fell onto a home in Escondido on South Juniper Avenue.
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Philadelphia Police Department
A non-profit in Ramona saw a stream of water following heavy rain.
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NBC Chicago
A tree and apparent power lines have been knocked over just outside a La Mesa home.
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Caltrans San Diego
A Caltrans worker provided this photo of a boulder that slid onto SR-78 in Ramona on Feb. 14, 2019, knocking down a utility line. Caltrans said the road between Haverford and Indian Oaks would be closed for four to six hours.
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Llarisa Abreu
Along Sandia Creek Road in Fallbrook, there had been three water rescues as of 1:20 p.m. on Feb. 14, 2019. Rockslides could be seen along the road.
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Handout from Homeowner for NBC 7
In galoshes, an awestruck little one stands gazing at the eucalyptus tree that fell at Highland Drive and Oak Avenue in Carlsbad on Feb. 14, 2019.
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Handout from Homeowner for NBC 7
A huge eucalyptus tree toppled across the road at Highland Drive and Oak Avenues in Carlsbad on Feb. 14, 2019.
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A Carlsbad resident said the tree fell around 7 a.m. but city crews, firefighters and police had the area cleaned up within four hours. The homeowner, who gave NBC 7 these photos, said she heard a loud thud when the tree toppled.
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County of San Diego Department of Public Works
Cameras operated by the County of San Diego Department of Public Works captured the flooding on Cole Grade Road in Valley Center on Feb. 14, 2019.
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Cameras operated by the County of San Diego Department of Public Works captured flooding along Country Club Drive in Escondido on Feb. 14, 2019.
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Artie Ojeda/NBC 7
In Ramona, off SR-67 near Mt. Woodson Road, at least two utility poles were snapped in heavy winds during the storm on Valentine's Day.
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The North County Fire Protection District tweeted this photo of the flooding along Sandia Creek Road in Fallbrook on Feb. 14, 2019, adding: “Please be advised Sandia Creek crossing is closed due to flooding; use alternative route; turn around and don't drown! We have had several river crossing rescues over the years, some of which have been fatal.”
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The North County Fire Protection District tweeted this photo of flooding at East Mission and Brandon roads in Fallbrook at around 9:30 a.m. on Feb. 14. Officials ordered a hard closure of the area and warned motorists to avoid crossing flooded roadways.
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Getty Images
A tree toppled onto the side of a home in Coronado amid a storm sweeping the county on Feb. 14, 2019.
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Getty Images
It was a crisp 34 degrees in Santee at 6 a.m. on Feb. 8, 2019. The chilly temp left frost on cars and plants.
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An evening of below freezing temperatures in Alpine overnight on Thursday, Feb. 7, left a layer of frost on Krystof Jedrzejewski front yard the next morning. The National Weather Service issued a frost advisory to the coastline due to the cold temps.
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AP
Students from San Diego’s Golden Hill K-8 and Poway’s Black Mountain Middle School were enjoying the snow at 6th Grade Camp at Cuyamaca Outdoor School on Feb. 6, 2019.
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HPWREN.UCSD.edu
UCSD's HPWREN camera captured the snow on Mount Laguna East on Feb. 7, 2019.
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Laguna Mountain Lodge
Laguna Mountain Lodge at 8 a.m. on Feb. 6, 2019. At the time, it was 20 degrees, with 3 inches of snow on the ground.
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NBC 5 Sports
Laguna Mountain Lodge at 8 a.m. on Feb. 6, 2019. At the time, it was 20 degrees, with 3 inches of snow on the ground.
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San Diego County Office of Education
Students from San Diego’s Golden Hill K-8 and Poway’s Black Mountain Middle School were enjoying the snow at 6th Grade Camp at Cuyamaca Outdoor School on Feb. 6, 2019.
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Calvin Pearce/NBC 7
The Reece Family, of La Mesa, drove to Mount Laguna to play in the snow on Feb. 5, 2019.
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Calvin Pearce/NBC 7
The Reece Family, of La Mesa, drove to Mount Laguna to play in the snow on Feb. 5, 2019.
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Calvin Pearce/NBC 7
A local family played in the snow in Mount Laguna on Feb. 5, 2019.
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Suministrada
The winter weather brought snow to Mount Laguna on Feb. 5, 2019.
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NBC 7 San Diego
The winter weather brought snow to Mount Laguna on Feb. 5, 2019.
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NBC 7 San Diego
The winter weather brought snow to Mount Laguna on Feb. 5, 2019.
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NYPD
Friends enjoying snow in Julian pause for a picture.
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Shutterstock
A light dusting of snow falls on top if Droneranger 7 in Julian Tuesday evening.
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Jennifer Gibbings
A viewer spotted this tree toppled over on a silver car in El Cajon on Feb. 2. The tree appeared to damage the car on some of the surrounding fence.
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Jeffrey Zamora/La Nación
A La Jolla hotel can be seen in the storm on Feb. 2. The roof appeared to take some damage and the palm trees in front were whipping in the wind.
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scombs@dreamvacations.com
A large tree was uprooted and fell over in El Cajon Saturday at around 3:20 p.m.
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Quepo Expeditions
The tree fell near the intersection of Cuyamaca Street and Petree Street.
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Michael Borinski
First responders could be seen arriving at the scene to assess damages and to clear the roadway.
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Rain could be seen in Normal Heights, even partially flooding the roadways outside of homes in the area.
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Susan Kurner
A Vista woman’s grandson, Everett, was out enjoying the rain in Vista Saturday.
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At least 30 trees have toppled across the city as this stormy weather continues, the San Diego Police Department said. Officer Craig Matthews took an ax to one fallen tree in North Park to clear the roadway at around 3:10 p.m. Saturday. The tree fell near Utah Street and Monroe Avenue.
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Palm trees can be seen whipping in the wind outside stores along Rosecrans Street near North Harbor Drive.
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Monica Garske
A storm moved into San Diego County on the afternoon of Jan. 31, 2019. Another storm is expected to arrive on Feb. 2.
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NBC 7 San Diego
After the storm, this pretty rainbow graced the skies of San Marcos on Jan. 31, 2019.
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NBC 7 San Diego
After a storm hit San Diego County on Jan. 31, 2019, this rainbow appeared over the Ocean Beach Pier.
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Monica Garske
Rain-soaked plants in Santee after more overnight rain on Jan. 16, 2019.
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Laguna Mountain Lodge/Facebook
Laguna Mountain Lodge posted this photo on Facebook on Jan. 15, 2019, showing the conditions as of 8 a.m. that morning. It was 38 and snowing, with no snow piling up on the ground just yet. Anyone driving to the snow this week should use chains on the tires of their cars.
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SDG&E
Snow at the Mount Laguna Observatory, as captured on SDG&E's cameras on Jan. 15, 2019.
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UCSD/HPWREN
UC San Diego's HPWREN cameras captured this view of some light snow at Mount Laguna East on Jan. 15, 2019.
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Darren Edwards
The second in a series of storms this week reached San Diego's coast Monday, ramping up in intensity in the afternoon, when this photo was taken from Jake's Del Mar's camera. The storm prompted a flash flood watch and sent a San Diego Fire-Rescue swift water rescue team on high alert.
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In the North County, Escondido Creek overflowed, shutting down Country Club Drive to traffic, through several vehicles, like the truck pictured here, kept going. The Rancho Santa Fe Fire Department urged people to turn around if they see flooded roads like the one pictured here.
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The same storm system was churning San Diego's ocean. A beach hazards statement warned of potentially dangerous high surf conditions. In this photo, waves reach the base of the Ocean Beach Pier.
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Lt. R. Stropky/San Diego Lifeguards
San Diego Lifeguards Lt. R. Stropky captured this beautiful photo of a rainbow over La Jolla Shores following the storm Saturday morning.
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Monte Poole
It was a wet start to the weekend in San Diego on Saturday, Jan. 12.
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Ramon Galindo/NBC 7
Two hikers were rescued on Jan. 12, 2019, on a slick trail about 200 feet down the cliffs at Torrey Pines State Reserve. A storm made the path far too slippery and the pair couldn't get out on their own.
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Monica Garske
It was 32 degrees in Santee at 6 a.m. on Jan. 4, 2019.
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HPWREN/UC San Diego
The snow lingered on Mount Laguna East, as seen via UC San Diego's HPWREN cameras on Jan. 4, 2019.
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News 4
A view of the snow on Mount Laguna captured by UC San Diego's HPWREN cameras on Jan. 3, 2019.
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NBC 7 San Diego
Frost covers a car window in Grantville on Jan. 3, 2019.
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UCSD/HPWREN
A view of the snow on Volcan Mountain north captured by UC San Diego's HPWREN cameras on Jan. 3, 2019.
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NBC 7 San Diego
The frost covers plants in Bonsall on Jan. 1, 2019.
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Melissa Adan, NBC 7
A mid-month rainstorm washed away pavement and left potholes like this one in North Park all across the county.
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Deborah White
NBC 7 viewer Deborah White sent us this photo of the roads being plowed on Jan. 1, 2019, at the Paso Picacho Campground at Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.
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Frost blankets a car in Grantville on Jan. 3, 2019.
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NBC 7 San Diego
Light snowfall covered the tiny town of Julian in San Diego County on New Year's Eve.
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NBC 7 San Diego
Mount Laguna saw snow over the New Year holiday.
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NBC 7 San Diego
Visitors flocked to Mount Laguna to play in the snow over the New Year holiday.
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Snowfall in Mount Laguna.
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