A winter storm warning went into effect in San Diego's mountains Monday evening while the rest of the county was braving a three-day winter weather advisory.
The warning was set to remain in effect through Tuesday morning, and the National Weather Service said 6 to 16 inches of snow would fall between 5,500 and 6,500 feet.
The NWS also said the snow would significantly hinder visibility on the roads and advised commuters take caution.
NBC 7 Meteorologist Dagmar Midcap said showers would move in Monday night at lower elevations, and said chances for precipitation on Tuesday were at 80 percent.
"Make sure to have the winter gear handy over the next several days," said NBC 7 Meteorologist Llarisa Abreu.
On Monday, cloudy skies brought rain, snow, and colder winds coming from the south. Temperatures were expected to stay in the 50s, with a high of 62 degrees Fahrenheit during the advisory.
"Most of the action will remain to our north," Abreu said. But the chance of rain will reach the foothills and the South Bay into Sunday night.
The winter weather advisory is in effect until 5 a.m. Wednesday for San Diego's mountains, where elevation above 4,500 feet are expected to see one to four inches of snow from this storm system, according to the National Weather Service.
The most snowfall is expected on Mount Laguna. Up to a foot of snow is possible, NWS said.
During the advisory, NWS warned drivers about slippery road conditions and reduced visibility.
NWS said westerly winds may hit up to 60 miles per hour from the ridge tops to the desert slopes beginning on Tuesday afternoon.
"It’s not until Wednesday that we finally dry out and then we warm up, San Diego. We’ll be back to normal by next weekend," Abreu said.