More cold weather on the way

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Rain, snow, gusty winds and significantly cooler
temperatures are in store for San Diego County this week as a cold front moves
in from the northwest, forecasters said Tuesday.

“A cold low pressure system from the northwest will move through
southwest California” on Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.

“It is expected to bring significant cooling with much lower snow
levels, strong gusty west winds in the mountains, deserts and coastal waters,
and light to moderate precipitation amounts along and west of the mountains.
This cold and locally windy pattern is expected to persist into early next
week.”

Rainfall amounts Thursday are expected to range from less than a tenth
of an inch near the coast to around a half-inch in the mountains.

The snowfall level is expected to drop to 4,000 feet during the day
Thursday and down to 2,500 feet by Thursday night. A few inches of snowfall is
possible above 3,500 feet with local amounts around six inches above 5,000
feet, according to the weather service.

Temperatures throughout the region are expected to be around 10 to 15
degrees below normal through the weekend, with a minor warming possible for
Monday.

“Many inland areas could have several hours of subfreezing temperatures
Friday and Saturday nights with low 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.”

The NWS scheduled a high wind watch for the mountains and deserts from
Thursday morning through late Thursday night. A high wind watch is issued when
there is potential for a hazardous high wind event, with sustained winds of 40
miles per hour or gusts of 58 mph or greater.

During Thursday's high wind watch, sustained west winds of 20 to 30 mph
and gusts up to 50 mph are expected. However, local gusts up to 65 mph are also
possible, according to NWS forecasters.

The winds will be strongest near ridge tops and along desert mountain
slopes, they said.

Blowing dust and sand may reduce visibility for motorists in the deserts.

“The winds will make driving difficult, especially for motorists with
high profile vehicles,” according to an NWS advisory. “Watch for broken tree
limbs and downed power lines.”

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