Photo by Miriam Raftery: Snow at Santa Ysabel
March 3, 2023 (San Diego) – The National Weather Service has released precipitation totals for the three days ending March 2. Residents have been left snowed in at some San Bernadino mountain towns, with Bear Mountain receiving nearly 5 feet of snow and snow resorts such as Big Bear and Snow Valley around 40 inches. Here in San Diego County, Palomar Mountain got another 20 inches of snow and Mount Laguna another 10 inches, atop multiple feet of snow already on the ground, while Julian got 4 more inches.
Across the country, storms the past three days also brought substantial rain. Lake Henshaw had 3.85 inches and Santa Ysabel had 2.21 inches. El Cajon, La Mesa, and Santee had between 1 and 2 inches, while Borrego’s Palm Canyon in the desert got .84 of an inch.
The storm also brought hail to much of the region, from coastal areas such as Encinitas, El Cajon and La Mesa.
Extreme weather also caused some power outages, with some Borrego Springs residents left in the dark for nearly a full day.
The next week will bring partly cloudy and warmer weather, though there’s a strong chance of more rain by mid-month.