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Update 10:45 a.m.  I-8 is now reopened in both directions.

Update: At 9:09 a.m. CHP's wesite reports they are escorting traffic through and expect to reopen I-8 soon following snow-ploughing.  

March 19, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)—Imterstate 8 is closed in both directions through East County due to heavy snow and ice. The closure begins east of Willows Road in Alpine and continues east to Ocotillo, according to the California Highway Patrol.

A frost warning has been issued for tonight and more blustery conditions are expected today.

For more weather-related road closures and details, scroll down.

Schools are closed in the Mountain Empire and Julian school districts due to snow.

Alpine school busses are not running this morning through the Japatul and Carveacre areas, the Alpine Community Network Reports. Parents may check with the school district to see if busses will be able to run in the afternoon.

Chains are required on State Route 79 from mile marker 1 to mile marker 20. From Julian to Sunrise Highway, visibility is limited and the roadway was iced over early this morning. Montezuma grade is closed due to heavy snow.

Chains are also required on Palomar Mountain, East Grade and South Grade roads.
An additional two to four inches of snow is forecast to fall today, with wind gusts up to 40 mph.

A frost advisory has also been issued for inland valley areas in San Diego County tonight; residents are advised to cover sensitive plants or bring them indoors.


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