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December 16, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather warning effective now through 1 a.m. tomorrow.  State Route 79 is closed at Cuyamaca Lake due to snowy, icy conditions. Motorists traveling to Julian need to utilize SR-78 through Ramona, CHP advises.  Chains are required on several other mountain roadways including Sunrise Highway. 

A multi-car accident is currently blocking lanes on I-8 eastbound just west of Highway 67. Additional accidents are reported on State Route 79 south of Paso Picacho in El Cajon and on State Route 79 just south of Harrison Park Road in El Cajon.

Snow levels could fall to 3500 feet. Winds blowing at 20-30 mph make visibility limited.  If you are traveling in the mountains, carry extra food, clothing, water and chains—and be prepared for further road closures, the National Weather Service advises.

In addition, a wind warning has been issued from Jacumba to the Imperial County line.

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