Monday, January 3, 2011

Snow! Snow! Jan 3

It snowed and is snowing in Idyllwild. We received between three and five inches last night. The main roads have all been plowed, Hwy 243 looks much better than Village Center Drive (see below). Thanks CalTrans

The National Weather Service regional and local forecasts for today and tomorrow (sunny) are also below.

Regional Forecast:
Short term forecast National Weather Service
San Diego ca 5:35 AM pst Mon Jan 3 2011
San Bernardino County mountains and Riverside
County mountains
... scattered snow showers will increase in coverage
early this morning over the high deserts and
the mountains...especially over the
san bernardino county mountains.
the snow level will be between 3000 and 3500 feet...
with snow at the top of the cajon pass. 
local snowfall rates up to one inch per hour will be possible...
though most snowfall rates will be lighter. 
roads will be snow covered and slippery.

Urgent - Winter Weather Message
 National Weather Service San Diego CA 
3:59 am pst mon jan 3 2011  
...a winter storm will impact southern california through this
 evening...  . a cold low pressure system over southern California
 will continue scattered showers today...decreasing this evening
 and ending early Tuesday
riverside county mountains-san diego county mountains-
including the following locations
...garner valley...idyllwild... pine cove...
vista grande
...cuyamaca...mount laguna...ranchita
...winter weather advisory now in effect until 6 pm pst this evening 
above 4500 feet...  the winter weather advisory above 4500 feet is 
now in effect until 6 pm pst this evening.  
* snow levels: 3500 to 4000 feet.  
* snow accumulations: new snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches
   above 4500 feet...except local accumulations to 4 inches above
   5000 feet.  
* timing: greatest coverage from mid morning through mid   
afternoon...then decreasing through early evening. 

Local forecast

Today: Snow showers likely. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise,

cloudy, with a high near 39. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is

70%. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Tonight: A 20 percent chance of snow showers.

Cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with a low

around 31. East wind around 5 mph.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 44.

East wind around 5 mph becoming calm.

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