Friday, April 23, 2010

Snow in San Diego


SAN DIEGO - San Diego County will be buffeted by an unseasonably chilly spring storm again Thursday before drier, milder conditions return Friday, forecasters said.

By the time the unsettled weather moves east tonight, it will have dropped a quarter to three-quarters of an inch of rain in coastal and valley areas and up to 2 inches on west-facing slopes below the snow level, according to the National Weather Service.

By 7 a.m., the storm had already caused problems with the morning commute.

The California Highway Patrol received 74 crash reports between midnight and 7 a.m. In good weather, the agency typically get 50-75 crash reports in a 24-hour span.

All but six of Thursday's early morning crashes occurred between 4 a.m. and 7 a.m., according to the CHP.

The storm, which blew in late Tuesday, has been accompanied by temperatures 15-20 degrees below normal for this time of year.

Four to 8 inches of snow is likely at elevations of more than 4,000 feet, with drifts up to 10 inches possible on the highest peaks, according to the NWS.

The Mountain Empire Unified School District in Pine Valley closed schools Thursday because of slick, snowy road conditions.

That includes Campo Elementary, Pine Valley Elementary and Mountain Empire Senior High School.

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