Here comes another cold front

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Rain, snow, strong winds and big waves are in store
for San Diego County Thursday, forecasters said.

“A cold upper level low and a strong surface cold front will bring
strong winds and snow showers (Thursday) as it moves quickly across the region,”
according to the National Weather Service.

“Snow levels will lower rapidly to around 3,000 feet during the day,
and continue lowering (tonight). Winds will gust over 60 miles per hour over
parts of the mountains. Snow squalls may briefly reduce visibilities to near
zero at times.”

Interstate 8 in the East County could have snow covering the roadway by
this afternoon, according to the NWS, which cautioned motorists against
unnecessary travel into the mountains today.

For air travelers, the weather service issued an airport weather warning
for Lindbergh Field from noon to 8 p.m., saying sustained winds of 25 knots
or greater and wind gusts of 30 knots or greater were likely.

The weather service also said light to moderate rainfall is likely in
and west of the mountains today, with less than a tenth of an inch expected
near the coast and around a quarter-inch in mountain areas.

The agency scheduled a winter storm warning for the mountains above
3,000 feet from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., and a high wind warning for desert areas
from 6 a.m. today to 3 a.m. Friday.

During the storm warning, up to four inches of snow is expected to
accumulate above 4,000 feet. Local areas affected by the storm warning include
Boulevard, Campo, Cuyamaca, Descanso, Julian, Mount Laguna, Pine Hills, Pine
Valley, Ranchita, Santa Ysabel and Warner Springs.

Also expected in the mountains today are sustained west winds of 20 to
30 miles per hour, with gusts up to 50 mph. Similar wind speeds are expected in
the deserts today.

In addition to the high wind warning in the deserts today, a less
serious wind advisory is scheduled in coastal and valley areas from 10 a.m. to
10 p.m. Sustained west winds in coastal and valley areas are expected to be 15
to 30 mph, with gusts up to 45 mph.

Also expected along the coast today are 7- to 10-foot waves. The weather
service scheduled coastal flooding and high surf advisories from 5 o'clock
this morning until 11 a.m. Saturday.

“Higher waves may wash over sea walls, jetties and over low-lying
portions of the Ocean Beach Pier,” according to an NWS advisory. “Water and
sand may wash across portions of the Pacific Coast Highway between Sunset Beach
and Seal Beach and Coast Highway 101 between Cardiff and Del Mar … Strong rip
currents will make entering the water extremely dangerous.”

For mariners off the coast of San Diego, a gale warning is scheduled
from 2 p.m. through late tonight and a small craft advisory is set from 10 a.m.
to 2 p.m.

Starting Friday, significantly cooler temperatures are expected in the
county because of the snow expected to accumulate in the mountains today.
According to the Weather Service, temperatures Friday through Monday will be 10
to 15 degrees cooler than normal for the time of year, though a minor warming
is possible Monday.

“Many inland areas could have several hours of subfreezing temperatures
each night from Friday night through Monday night with temperatures in inland
valley and some lower desert areas in the 20s and locally in the upper teens,”
according to an NWS advisory. “Growers should take precautions to protect
sensitive crops.”

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