Local mountains snow report during winter storm

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SAN DIEGO — Mountain communities across the county received a fresh blanket of snow as a winter storm moved through San Diego late Thursday and early the next morning.

It’s the first of two storms to occur this weekend, forecasters say, with snow levels fluctuating around 5,000 feet on Friday before an expected drop to 4,000 feet the next day. Occasional snow showers were expected to continue in the mountains throughout Friday before a “more organized area of ​​snowfall” on Saturday.

By the end of the weekend, the National Weather Service was forecasting 4 to 6 inches of snow on Mount Laguna, 2 to 3 inches on Mount Palomar and just an inch or two in Julian.

A winter weather advisory is in place for the local mountains until 2 a.m. Sunday. The National Weather Service snow reports solicited from residents on Twitter as they gathered photos and more information.

Chains are required on several major mountain roads, including Sunrise Highway and the streets of Palomar Mountain. You can check for updates from the San Diego County Department of Public Works and read tips on how to put chains on your car from Caltrans.

Most of the rain, thunder and lightning over the city of San Diego had largely subsided by late Friday morning. Scattered showers were expected to continue throughout the day, with a second wave of rain expected from Friday evening to Sunday morning.

Throughout the storm, you can track conditions with FOX 5’s San Diego Weather Radar and San Diego Live Traffic Map.

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