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East County News Service

January 28, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – A significant winter storm is forecast to roll into our region Saturday night and Sunday. Very strong winds up to 80 miles per hour  are possible Sunday afternoon and evening, along with moderate rainfall across much of the county and heavy snow in our mountain areas.

By Sunday night, traces of snow could dip as low as 3500 feet, which could impact I-8 in East County east of Alpine.  Elevations of 4,000 to 5,000 feet, such as Julian, could get 1-3 inches  of snow while up to a foot could fall on Mt. Laguna above 5,000 feet.

Wind speeds are forecast to reach 60-80 mph in the mountains, 50-60 mph in deserts, and 30-40 mph in valleys and coastal areas. Winds will be strongest in the afternoons and evenings both days.

The National Weather Service is warning of dangerous travel conditions and damaging winds.  The storm could  cause blowing sand and dust in desert areas as well as slick roads across the region. If you must travel in snowy mountain areas, carry chains for your vehicle.


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