Incoming snow prompts Winter Storm Warning for San Diego-area mountains

SAN DIEGO (FOX 5/KUSI) — A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for mountain communities in San Diego County on Wednesday after the latest winter storm dumped inches of snow in the area.

The warning will remain in effect until noon on Thursday, as a second low-pressure system moving into the region in the end of the week will bring widespread snowfall to the area.

During this time, heavy wet snow is expected to fall in areas above 4,000 feet in elevation, according to the National Weather Service. This means communities like Julian, who awoke to blankets of snow on Wednesday, will see even more in the coming days.

Forecasters say accumulations could reach upwards of six to 10 inches through Thursday, with 10 to 14 inches possible on the mountain’s highest peaks. Meanwhile, winds with individual gusts of up to 60 miles per hour will also be possible Wednesday night and early Thursday.

Under the warning, NWS advises drivers to either avoid the road or exercise extreme caution, as travel could be “difficult to impossible.” Strong winds could also cause tree damage.

If residents in the impacted areas have to travel, forecasters encourage keeping an extra flashlight, food and water in one’s vehicle in case of emergency.

Due to icy conditions, several schools in San Diego County’s mountain areas announced closures on Wednesday, including Julian Union Elementary and High School.

Outside the mountain areas, weather worn San Diegans will likely see additional scattered showers through the end of the week, according to NWS.

FOX 5/KUSI is tracking the storm. Check back for updates.

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