Fog has shrouded the local icons. Snow may blanket them in the morning.

urgent - winter weather message
National Weather Service San Diego ca
1:10 pm pdt Wed Oct 5 2011 ...

Winter weather advisory in effect from 5 pm this afternoon to 5 am pdt Thursday above 8,000 feet...

Early season winter storm will bring high elevation snow and gusty winds to the San Bernardino and Riverside mountains this evening through the overnight hours ... an unseasonably strong and cold Pacific storm will move across Southern California this afternoon through tonight ... bringing strong winds as well as

From in front of the Town Crier facing Strawberry Plaza, at 3 p.m.
the first snow fall to the highest elevations of the San Bernardino and Riverside mountains. snow levels will fall to around 8000 feet late this afternoon... before falling to between 6000 and 6500 feet early thursday morning... blowing snow will also be a problem...with the strong and gusty winds.

* snow levels: snow levels will fall to around 8,000 feet late this afternoon...before falling to between 6,000 and 6,500 feet early Thursday morning

* snow accumulations: 3 to 8 inches of snow will be possible over the highest elevations...with a couple of inches possible down to 6,500 feet

* timing: rain will turn to snow late this afternoon...with moderate to heavy snow possible above 8,000 feet this evening through the overnight hours. snow will taper to showers on thursday morning

* locations include: the San Bernardino and Riverside mountains.

* winds: southwest winds 30 to 40 mph...with gusts to 70 mph possible through midnight...decreasing to 25 to 35 mph with gusts to 55 mph

* visibility: visibilities will fall to a quarter mile or less at times in the snow and blowing snow

* impacts: traveling will be hazardous in moderate and locally heavy snow. visibility may fall to under one-quarter mile in blowing snow. icy roads

dangerous back country conditions and cold temperatures will be dangerous for hikers and campers. precautionary/preparedness actions...

a winter weather advisory means that periods of snow and blowing snow will cause travel difficulties. be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibilities...and use caution while driving.