Winter weather message
National Weather Service San Diego CA
1:17 pm pst Thursday, Dec 13, 2012
Cold pacific storm will continue to produce wintry weather in the mountains through this evening.
A cold pacific system will continue to deepen south along the California coast today before moving inland across southern California this evening into tonight. Most of the snow will occur through this evening as the cold front continues to move through the area and lingering snow showers behind the front pass over. Snow levels currently at about 5,000 to 5,500 feet will lower to 4,000 to 4,500 feet by tomorrow morning. Snow levels may locally lower down to 3,500 feet in heavier showers tonight. Additional snowfall amounts will generally be 3 to 6 inches above 5,000 feet. and a dusting to 2 inches between 4,000 and 5,000 feet.
Riverside County mountains- including the following locations Idyllwild, Pine Cove and Vista Grande
Winter Weather Advisory now in effect until 10 pm pst this evening.
* Timing — through late this evening.
* Snow levels — 5,000 to 5,500 feet and falling to 4,000 feet tomorrow morning.
* Additional snow accumulations — 4 to 6 inches above 5,000 feet and a dusting to 2 inches down to 4,000 feet.
* Winds — west 10 to 15 mph with gusts of 25 mph.
* Visibility — locally down to a mile or less in snow...blowing snow...and fog.
* Impacts — travelers through the mountains should be prepared for hazardous winter weather conditions. Motorists are urged to check the latest road reports before departing. Always carry chains and take extra food and clothing if you must travel into the mountains.
* Outlook — some lingering light snow showers may continue into late Friday morning. There is the potential for some additional light snow Friday night and Sunday due to some disturbances that may move through the area.
Precautionary/preparedness actions — a winter weather advisory means that periods of snow will cause travel difficulties. Be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibilities and use caution while driving.