A cold storm from the Gulf of Alaska brought deep snow to San Diego County mountains early Wednesday and a light dusting to the upper deserts and inland valleys.
As of noon, 0.62 inches of rain had fallen in Santee, 1.18 inches in Santa Ysabel, 0.83 inches in Alpine, 0.7 inches in Potrero, half an inch in Rancho San Diego, 0.42 inches in Miramar and 0.32 inches at Lindbergh Field.
According to National Weather Service preliminary totals, the storm dropped 10 inches of snow on Mount Laguna, seven inches in Julian, six in Boulevard, four in Pine Valley and on Palomar Mountain, two inches in Descanso and one inch in Shelter Valley. A NWS winter storm warning for the mountains expired at noon.
Though the snowfall ended in most spots early today, road conditions in the mountains remain hazardous.
Hail fell in Carlsbad and Valley Center Tuesday night and in La Mesa early Wednesday, according to the NWS.
Winds of 15 to 25 mph and gusts of and gusts up to 45 mph continued to blow through San Diego County desert areas. A high wind advisory was set to remain in effect until 6 p.m.
Weather service forecasters said the wind could make driving difficult, especially for motorists in high-profile vehicles. The wind may be strong enough to blow over trees and down electrical lines.
A gale warning for mariners will be in effect until 8 p.m.
The NWS issued a high surf advisory through 2 p.m. Thursday, saying 6-10 foot waves were likely this afternoon. The surf should be in the 4-7 foot range tomorrow.
-City News Service
NWS Santee Forecast
Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 54. West wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
Tonight: A 10 percent chance of showers after 4am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 37. Calm wind becoming southeast around 5 mph in the evening.
Thursday: A 20 percent chance of showers before 10am. Partly sunny, with a high near 60. Southeast wind around 5 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon.
Thursday Night: Patchy frost after 10pm. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low around 34. Calm wind.
Friday: Patchy frost before 10am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 66. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph.