If the winter storm headed toward San Diego moves ashore when expected, it could be a messy evening commute around the county.
There have been spotty areas of rain throughout the afternoon but the real rain should be expected to reach most areas of the county after 3 p.m. Monday forecasters said.
"Love the change in weather. I'm lucky though, because I get to stay home and not have to travel the freeways and battle the work traffic," San Diegan Norma Heinz posted on the NBCSanDiego Facebook page.
The California Highway Patrol advises drivers to travel cautiously on the slick roads and try and leave work early to avoid the rush hour.
Hail was reported along Interstate 805 at Nobel around 2:40 p.m. Monday.
A winter storm warning is in effect beginning until 3 a.m. Tuesday above 3500 feet.
The storm could bring between two and six inches of snow above the 3500-foot level and up to nine inches of snow above the 4500-foot level.
“In addition to the snow, we’ll have some pretty strong winds out there,” said meteorologist Greg Bledsoe.
By 3:30 p.m. Monday, the Laguna Mountain Lodge in Julian reported snowfall.
A high wind warning is also in effect from midnight Sunday through 3 a.m. Tuesday. Some areas of the deserts will see winds between 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 50 or 60 mph according to the National Weather Service.
Because of the snow and winds, the NWS warns visibility could be reduced to near zero at times for people driving through the mountains east of San Diego.
Even the Coastal and Inland Valley areas are under a wind advisory.
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