RAIN, STRONG WINDS FORECAST OVER CHRISTMAS: SNOW POSSIBLE AT HIGH ELEVATIONS

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By Miriam Raftery

December 22, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) – Two storms are forecast to bring strong winds up to 60 mph, chilly temperatures and rain to our region starting Tuesday, Christmas morning, through Friday. Light snow may fall above 5,000 feet, with up to two inches of snow potentially bringing a whtie Christmas atop Mount Laguna and Palomar Mountain, our region’s highest peaks.

The first storm will bring sustained 20 to 30 mph winds with gusts up to 60 mph in the mountains and deserts. Valleys and coastal areas will have winds of 15-20 mph with gusts up to 35 mph. 

A second storm will sweep into the county on Thursday and Friday, December 27-28, with lighter precipitation and less strong winds.