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Storm Brings Daytime Showers, Strong Winds to San Diego County

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Scattered showers touched down around San Diego County Monday afternoon, wetting the region from the coast to the inland valleys while the mountains saw their own dusting of snowfall.

The midday storm started at about 11 a.m. and delivered spotty rainfall throughout the county. While the brunt of the storm was done by the late afternoon, the National Weather Service said the inland valleys and mountains can expect some precipitation Monday evening.

Ana Cristina's evening forecast for March 15, 2021.

“Through the afternoon, most of the county will dry out except for the mountains,” Meteorologist Sheena Parveen said. “We could still be having snow falling in the mountains as we head through even late tonight.”

Elevations of 3,500 feet or more could get 2 to 4 inches of snow while elevations of 5,000 feet could get 4 to 8 inches of snow beginning in the afternoon through the evening, the NWS forecasted.

As of 9 p.m. Monday, Birch Hill in the Palomar Mountain area had received .62 inches of rain while other mountain areas were anywhere between .2 to .45 inches. Vista, Encinitas, Oceanside, Santee and La Mesa had each received nearly a quarter-inch.

The bigger factor for the evening was expected to be powerful winds. A wind advisory was in effect from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Coastal communities saw gusts up to 35 mph while inland areas had winds up to 40 mph. Meanwhile, desert and mountain regions saw gusts from 55 to 93 mph.

Lingering showers may persist on Tuesday but overall, it will mostly be dry.

The Julian Union Elementary School District, Julian Union High School District, Spencer Valley School District and Warner Unified School District will shift to distance learning Tuesday due to severe weather, the San Diego County Office of Education announced.

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