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Sheriff warns of snow jams

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East County News Service

December 22, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – A winter storm in the region is dropping heavy rain across our region, with snow forecast to dip down to 3,500 feet by Saturday. That includes Pine Valley, Descanso,  and Julian,  with  six inches or more possible atop Mt Laguna.

Strong winds of 60 miles per hour or more are expected in some mountain areas.

The Sheriff offers this advice if you plan to visit these areas:

* Have a full tank of gas, water and food supplies in case you are stranded in traffic for several hours.

* Have snow chains for areas where they will be required.

* Public restroom facilities are limited.

Be mindful of areas that are private property which are marked by signs and fences. Private property is off limits to the public for recreational snow activities.

Parking is limited. Parking violations will be enforced and citations will be issued. Vehicles blocking roadways and private property will be towed. Be aware of increased law enforcement activity to handle the large crowds.

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This is a mostly tropical storm, ending today. Per the NWS discussion as of 930 AM today: A much different storm system will move through Friday night and Saturday. This one will be from the North Pacific and will have a lot more cold air with it. A strong front will move through Friday night and could bring heavy rainfall amounts, with amounts over an inch possible, especially over west/southwest facing mountain slopes. http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/total_forecast/getprod.php?prod=XXXAFDSGX&wfo=SGX The information is available to you.Use it.