Winter Storm Forces Some Mountain Schools to Close

Some school districts in San Diego’s in the East County mountains announed the cancellation of classes for the day.

The San Diego County Office of Education stated students in the following districts would not have to come to school on Tuesday due to the storm: Julian Union Elementary, Julian Union High, Spencer Valley. Mountain Empire

County school officials said cancellation of classes in these districts was “due to high winds – which make travel to and from school challenging, especially for high-profile vehicles such as school buses." Updated information on the Office of Education’s Twitter page

Winter Storm Warning for Mountains

The National Weather Service says the cold winter storm would bring widespread rain, mountain snow, gusty damaging winds and possible thunderstorms into Wednesday Rain is expected to be the heaviest on Tuesday, and tapering off by Wednesday night. Possibly heavy snow is expected in the mountains.

Meteorologist Megan Parry with Reporting Partner 10News Forecast:

Amounts: Rainfall totals will average between .50 to 1.00" from the coast to the mountains with some areas picking up a little less and others getting a little more. Thunderstorms will produce heavy downpours with the best chance late tonight into early tomorrow morning.

Snow: Snow will be a major impact in the mountains. Snow levels will hover between 4,000 to 4,500' today, dropping to 3,500' overnight and as low as 2,500' to 3,000' by tomorrow morning. A Winter Storm Warning will be in effect from 4pm Today to 6pm Wednesday above 4,000'.

Snow Totals: 2,000 to 4,000': 1 to 3" including Pine Valley, Warner Springs and Descanso with even a dusting possible at low elevations like Alpine. 4,000 to 6,000': 3 to 6" including Julian and Ranchita while the highest mountains above 6,000' like Palomar Mountain and Mt. Laguna expect 6 to 12" of snow.

Wind: Strong winds will accompany this storm with winds peaking late morning into the afternoon. A High Wind Warning is in effect until 4pm for the mountains and until 9pm for the deserts where the strongest winds will be, out of the west with gusts 30 to 70mph. A Wind Advisory will be in effect for the coast and valleys from 8am to midnight for southwesterly gusts of 15 to 35mph.

(Photo of Julian, KOGO News)

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