New Snow Expected in San Diego’s Mountains as Cold Weather Continues

After a warm start to February, temperatures plunged across California this week with the arrival of a very cold air mass from Canada.

The mountains east of San Diego may get new snow Friday as the cold, wet and windy weather continued. 

After a warm start to February, temperatures plunged across California this week with the arrival of a very cold air mass from Canada.

Across the state, there will be scattered mountain snow showers and gusty winds in some areas making driving conditions potentially hazardous. 

San Diego's mountains could see as much as an inch of snow Friday with other areas seeing scattered showers. 

"Be expecting rain as you head out anywhere in the county with the exception of the deserts," NBC 7 Meteorologist Jodi Kodesh said, adding an umbrella would be wise before 10 a.m. 

Some areas of the county received a little more than a third of an inch of rain Thursday. Lake Cuyamaca, Descanso, and Pine Valley were among the 10 spots receiving the most rain. 

Kodesh suggested also grabbing a thick coat before you leave home. Today's high temperature downtown was expected to be 57 degrees Friday. 

Marina Dorian was outside with her son who wanted to jump in puddles and enjoy the unusual weather. 

She said getting ready for outside play can be a struggle. 

"It certainly takes a little more time to make sure that I am dressed warm and my son is dressed warm enough," she said. 

In Little Italy, some friends were huddled around an outdoor heater while they enjoyed drinks at the neighborhood bar late Thursday. 

Louie Kriesman said the cold weather wasn't about to keep the friends from doing the usual. 

"We're always out here. This is our spot," Kriesman said. "We like to be outside." 

Jodi Kodesh's AM Forecast for February 23, 2018

If you're considering going to the mountains, take chains because there will be ice on the roads, Kodesh said.

Law enforcement officials also advise checking road conditions before you leave and filling up your vehicle with a full tank of gas because you may be in long lines of traffic. 

Also, grab water and food in case you are stranded. 

She also suggested taking extra clothes especially for the little ones who may want to play in the snow.

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department wanted to remind the public that private property areas are marked by signs and fences. Private property is off limits to the public for recreational snow activities, deputies said.

Illegally parked vehicles will be cited and possibly towed.  

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