Storm Brings Season's First Snow to Mt. Laguna

A storm system moved through San Diego County Wednesday, causing headaches on the morning commute and bringing the first snow of the season to the mountains.

Rain-related crashes caused delays on freeways across the county. There were 105 accidents between midnight and 8 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol. CHP says there are 50 to 75 during that time period on a typical day.

The mood was lighter on Mount Laguna, which received its first significant snowfall this winter. Just under an inch of snow fell, but it was enough to attract visitors.

“We heard that it snowed in Mt. Laguna, so we wanted to come up and hit each other with snowballs,” said El Cajon resident Matthew Hanington.

“Just being able to come out and experience the snow for Christmas, a white Christmas, it’s very fascinating,” Hanington added.

NBC 7’s Whitney Southwick says Mount Laguna could get another inch of snow in the next 24 hours, but it won’t last for Christmas because a warmup is on the way.

A Winter Weather Advisory is effect for Cuyamaca, Mount Laguna and Ranchita through 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Laguna Mountain Sports owner Dave Super hopes Wednesday’s snowfall is the first of many. His business depends on seasonal customers.

“Hopefully we’re going to get a real winter this year,” Super said.

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