January 3, 2010 (San Diego)—Scattered showers are forecast today across San Diego County, with snow forecast in mountain areas.
“We’re all hoping for snow,” said Teresa Manley at Julian Meadow View Inn in Julian. Snow is good for the tourism business in Julian, but despite forecasts of snow last night, the mountain town which has an elevation of 4,235 feet got only drizzle, Manley said.
A winter weather advisory is in effect until 6 p.m. tonight above 4,500 feet, with snow levels expected to drop to 3,500 or 4,000 feet late today. Visibility will be limited due to snow and fog and snow-covered roads will also make mountain travel hazards, the National Weather Service advises.
Above 4,500 feet, new snowfall of one to three inches is forecast, and four inch-accumulations above 5,000 feet. Southwest winds of 10-20 mph with 30 mph gusts are also forecast.
If you must travel, carry chains, extra food and clothing, the NWS recommends.
Rain across the county may cause mud and debris flows on saturated ground, particularly steep terrain.
Weather spotters are encouraged to report significant weather conditions. The weather is expected to clear Tuesday through the weekend.