City News Service
A cold storm was expected to hit San Diego County later today, bringing a chance of snow to the mountains and showers everywhere else, forecasters said.
According to the National Weather Service, a cold low pressure system moving southward along the West coast will bring much cooler weather today through Saturday.
"Snow levels could lower to near 4,000 feet for late Friday through early Saturday," the agency advised.
The Weather Service also advised that there was a slight chance of showers today but a greater chance of rain late Friday through early Saturday, along with a slight chance of thunderstorms as the coldest mid-level air moves across Southern California.
Rainfall totals from the storm were expected to be from up to a half-inch at the coast to about an inch on coastal mountains slopes.
Highs today were expected to be in the low 60s along the coast, low 50s to low 60s in the valleys, low 40s to low 50s in the mountains and high 60s to low 70s in the deserts.
Also today, a high wind warning was in effect for the mountains and deserts until 8 p.m. Gusts will be up to 60 miles per hour by this afternoon and up to 75 miles per hour tonight, according to the Weather Service.
A winter weather advisory was scheduled to go in effect for the mountains from 8 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.