STORMY THANKSGIVING COULD BRING SNOW BELOW 3,000 FEET, THUNDERSTORMS AND HEAVY RAINS ACROSS REST OF REGION

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By Miriam Raftery

November 23, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) – If you’re heading over the rivers and through the woods this Thanksgiving week, you might just wind up traveling through white and drifted snow, as the popular song lyrics go—not to mention rain and flash flooding, too, making for hazardous roadway conditions across southern California, the National Weather Service warns.

The National Weather Service predicts a major winter storm will bring significant snowfall of one to two feet above 5,000 feet by Wednesday, with the snow level dropping to 3,000 feet or even lower by Friday.  Snow could impact I-8 through San Diego County’s mountains, as well as areas such as Cuyamaca, Julian, Jacumba Hot Springs, Descanso, Mount Laguna and Palomar Mountain locally, as well as the Cajon Pass on I-15 for those heading north.

Two to four inches of rain are forecast in valley and coastal area, where thunderstorms are forecast. Flash flooding may occur in some places with debris flows possible, especially in recently burned areas. Deserts are expected to receive between a half inch and two inches of rain.

It’s a good time to stay in, cozy up by the fireplace and enjoy a home-cooked feast. But if you are heading out into the elements, here’s a traditional Thanksgiving song for the road.

 

OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS

Over the river and through the woods,

To grandmother's house we go;

The horse knows the way to carry the sleigh,

Through (the) white and drifted snow!

Over the river and through the woods,

Oh, how the wind does blow!

It stings the toes and bites the nose,

As over the ground we go.

Over the river and through the woods,

To have a first-rate play;

Oh, hear the bells ring, "Ting-a-ling-ling!"

Hurrah for Thanksgiving Day!

Over the river and through the woods,

Trot fast, my dapple gray!

Spring over the ground,

Like a hunting hound!

For this is Thanksgiving Day.

Over the river and through the woods,

And straight through the barnyard gate.

We seem to go extremely slow

It is so hard to wait!

Over the river and through the woods,

Now Grandmother's cap I spy!

Hurrah for the fun! Is the pudding done?