Winter storm leaving, spring and sunshine returning

City News Service

The tail-end of the last storm of the winter season moved eastward across San Diego County early today, dropping more rainfall and snow in the region.

Before the storm clears out completely later today, it could drop an additional quarter-inch of rain in coastal and valley areas, and up to four inches of additional snow in the mountains, where the snow level was near 3,000 feet this morning, according to the National Weather Service.

Schools in the Julian and Mountain Empire Unified school districts were closed today due to snow. And in the far reaches of East County, Interstate 8 was closed in both directions from East Willows Road to Imperial Highway due to hazardous road conditions.

Along the coast, where 7- to 10-foot waves are reported, a high surf advisory will be in effect until 10 a.m.

A small craft advisory for hazardous seas is scheduled to expire at 11 a.m., but a small craft advisory for winds will then take effect, lasting through this evening.

The NWS reported that as of 8:45 p.m. Sunday, the storm -- which first struck Saturday morning -- had dropped a total of 1.13 inches of rain in Vista, 0.5 inches at Lindbergh Field, 0.73 inches in National City, 1.5 inches in Rancho San Diego, 2.85 inches in Alpine, 2.24 inches in Potrero, 1.93 inches on Mount Woodson, 1.72 inches in Escondido and 1.89 inches in Valley Center.

In the mountains, the first two days of the storm brought 10 inches of snow on Palomar Mountain, 12 inches in Julian and 14 inches on Mount Laguna, the NWS reported.

A frost advisory is scheduled in the valleys from late tonight until early Tuesday. During the advisory period, temperatures in the valleys will fall to near freezing, the Weather Service reported.