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Photo: Snow on Mount Laguna, by Dave Hogan

November 9, 2020 (San Diego’s East County) – Snow fell overnight on mountaintops in San Diego's inland region including Mount Laguna in East County, with more snow showers possible at higher elevations tonight.  On Mount Palomar, a new record low temperature of 25 degrees was recorded early this morning.

In the high desert areas such as Campo, below freezing temperatures as low as 29 degrees are forecast tonight.

Frost and freeze conditions could kill crops and sensitive vegetation, also potentially damaging unprotected plumbing, the National Weather Service warns.

Later in the week, the temperature is forecast to warm up, but light rains are possible Friday and Saturday morning, with breezy winds in the mountains and deserts making driving conditions hazardous in places.


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High Desert

It's a widely and well known term to describe areas from California to Ridgcrest and Reno.

What "high desert" are talking about?

Stop calling Campo "high desert." There is no such thing in SoCal. Our biome is chaparral and the term "desert" defines places based on low annual rainfall. Our local mountains don't begin to approach that definition. You are misinforming people who assume you are being correct.Stop it.

We used the term the National Weather Service in San Diego uses

in our weather reports.  It would be too confusing to use one term in our articles and graphics from the NWS labeled a different way. If you object to this terminology I suggest you take it up with the NWS; perhaps it is time for them to update their descriptions. Locally, I believe they include Jacumba, Boulevard, Campo and In-ko-pah in what their consider high desert areas, as opposed to say, Borrego Springs which is low desert.  This is different from our mountain region which includes places like Mount Laguna, Cuyamaca, Julian, Warner Springs etc.