By Miriam Raftery
January 10, 2013 (San Diego’s East County)—Expect chilly temperatures through the weekend as a cold front sweeps into the region. A winter storm warning has been issued for mountains and deserts today, with snow levels dropping to as low as 2000 feet tonight. That’s low enough to bring snow to Interstate 8 in East County east of Alpine. Rain is forecast for areas west of the mountains.
Snow is expected to impact the following areas today, dropping even lower tonight: Cuyamaca, Descanso, Julian, Mount Laguna, Pine Valley, Ranchitta, Santa Ysabel, and Warner Springs. Visibility could be reduced to zero from blowing and drifting snow. This weather could be deadly for hikers and campers caught unprepared, the National Weather Service warns.
A high wind warning has also been issued for mountain and desert areas, with gusts up to 65 mp and sustained winds of 25-30 mph. forecast. In coastal areas, flooding and rip currents are expected to produce hazardous conditions.