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Weather About to Turn Frightful

Approaching storm will bring showers and below-average temperatures.

A cold and wet storm is coiled in the Gulf of Alaska, and it will hurl snow and rain into Southern California late next week, forecasters said.

The cold low-pressure system will affect the region starting Wednesday afternoon, and last through Friday afternoon, National Weather Service forecasters said.

That will be an abrupt change from the warm and somewhat uneventful weather the region can expect early in the week, they said.

The storm was expected to be stronger in San Diego County than in the Los Angeles area, forecasters in the Oxnard forecast office said. Light to moderate showers will start over mountains Wednesday afternoon, spreading to the flatlands along the coast by Wednesday night.

Snow levels will start between 4,000 and 4,500 feet above sea level, and then drop to as low as 3,500 in some places, the forecast said. That may be low enough to affect Interstate 5 over the Grapevine, Route 14 near Acton, Interstate 15 in Cajon Pass and Interstate 8 east of Alpine.

Thunderstorms will be possible Thursday afternoon, as cold and unstable air moves in above the clouds, the NWS said in a special weather statement issued in San Diego.

Rain will be variable, but about a half inch could be likely on the San Diego County coast and in the valleys. More than one inch of precipitation in the mountains is likely, some of it in the form of about 5 inches of snow above the 5,000-foot level.

-City News Service

Sherry December 10, 2012 at 03:14 PM
Rain, rain , rain.... oh I need rain. I'll even take some snow. Just bring me enough to wash away the gophers.
American Girl December 10, 2012 at 03:49 PM
This is good news. I would love to take the kids skiing on the 24th (They snowboard, and i ski because I am cool like that)
ROBERT BLACKMEN December 10, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Who doesn't love rain.its the only time Elsinore looks pretty and there are no bums asking for change...
TVOR December 10, 2012 at 03:50 PM
I wish it were that easy to get rid of gophers.
censored messenger December 10, 2012 at 03:55 PM
I wish it were that easy to get rid of bums....
Mrs. MacGillicuttie December 10, 2012 at 04:40 PM
haha funny
Nancy December 10, 2012 at 11:11 PM
wow, if we got snow in wildomar again! FUN, FUN, FUN!!!
Kayla December 11, 2012 at 04:13 AM
Love the rain apart from the oh so bad drivers
Anthony December 11, 2012 at 06:35 AM
Yaaaaaaaaaa!
L.K. RES December 12, 2012 at 03:02 PM
no, keep the beautiful weather and sun

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