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After Dumping of Snow, Rain, Dry Weekend Ahead for San Diego



    Sheena Parveen's AM Forecast for February 22, 2019

    Sheena Parveen's AM Forecast for February 22, 2019 (Published Friday, Feb. 22, 2019)

    San Diego will begin to dry out Friday after a strong winter storm system dumped more than a foot of snow on the region's mountain ranges but chilly conditions would remain. 

    Though a National Weather Service winter storm warning has expired, extremely cold overnight temperatures prompted the National Weather Service to issue a freeze warning that expired at 9 a.m. Friday.

    The alert warned of icy roads and freezing temperatures that could harm pets, cause hypothermia and kill sensitive vegetation. 

    NBC 7 Meteorologist Sheena Parveen said once the warning expires, the sun will return. San Diego can expect to see dry conditions with sunshine through the weekend, though temperatures will remain chilly. 

    Students in Mountain Areas Get 2nd Straight Snow Day Friday

    [DGO] Students in Mountain Areas Get 2nd Straight Snow Day Friday

    Some residents told NBC 7's Erika Cervantes they couldn't even get out of there houses, let alone take their kids to school.

    (Published Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019)

    The storm system dumped more than 20 inches of snow on Mount Laguna, with an elevation of 5,900 feet, by 10 p.m. Thursday. Julian received more than 14 inches of snow during the storm's two days in San Diego. Palomar Mountain received more than 14 inches and Pine Valley Received more than 6 inches. 

    Snowfall totals were expected to be even higher, once Friday's overnight snow is accounted for. Snow was expected to be recorded at elevations as low as 2,000 feet. 

    The storm created hazardous conditions on roadways to and from the mountains. 

    Several spinouts were reported on an icy Interstate 8 before California Highway Patrol officials shut down the road for nearly 12 hours. The highway was reopened just before 9:30 a.m.

    Caltrans closed State Route 79 between I-8 and the SR-79/SR-78 junction in Julian Thursday night due to snowy roadways. The gates were closed along SR-79 at Sunrise Highway. "ROAD CLOSED" signs had been placed in front of the gates.

    By noon Friday, Sunrise Highway and SR-78 were open to traffic but chains were required for all vehicles while SR-79 remained closed. 

    At Least an Inch of Snow in Pine Valley

    [DGO] At Least an Inch of Snow in Pine Valley

    Snow is falling in San Diego's local mountains. NBC 7's Audra Stafford reports.

    (Published Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019)

    Schools would also be closed for another day. The San Diego County Office of Education said, due to inclement weather, the following mountain school districts would not have classes Friday: 

    • Julian Union High School District
    • Julian Union School District
    • Mountain Empire Unified School District
    • Spencer Valley School District
    • Warner Springs School District
    Cal Fire spokesperson Issac Sanchez urged drivers to avoid coming to the mountains for a few days and if drivers must travel in the area, to be prepared.

    "It just isn’t really where you want to be right now," Sanchez said. "The best thing to do is avoid the area for the next day or two and then once things thaw out come on up and see what’s happening." 

    Elsewhere, up to nearly two inches of rain was recorded. The NWS rainfall totals as of 10 p.m. Thursday were: 

    Descanso: 1.88 inches
    Pine Valley: 1.66 inches
    Alpine: 1.46 inches
    Poway: 1.11 inches
    El Cajon: 1.07 inches
    Ramona: 1.01 inches
    Santee: .71 inches
    San Ysidro: .78 inches
    Kearny Mesa: .6 inches
    Fallbrook: .45 inches
    Escondido: .45 inches
    Chula Vista: .43 inches
    Borrego Springs: .3 inches
    Oceanside: .27 inches
    Carlsbad: .13 inches

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