Strong winds expected to continue, mountain snow possible

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Strong Santa Ana winds were expected to continue through the mountains, coastal foothills and valleys on Saturday, with isolated showers and high-altitude snow showers possible early Sunday morning, the National Weather said. Service.

An intense upper-level low was progressing south into northwestern Mexico, forecasters said. This low is expected to weaken through the remainder of Saturday as it slowly drifts south, allowing winds to begin to diminish later Saturday afternoon and into the evening across the inland valleys.

A wind advisory was issued by the NWS for mountains and valleys in the county until 6 p.m. Saturday. Winds were expected to remain gusty overnight across the mountains and coastal foothills before easing on Sunday.

High temperatures on Saturday are expected to rise several degrees above the highs seen on Friday in coastal areas, but could cool elsewhere.

Snow levels are expected to start as low as 4,500 feet on Saturday night but rise to nearly 5,000 feet overnight, the NWS said. Precipitation was expected to remain light, with some places picking up a one-inch trace of snow by Sunday morning.

Winds were expected to briefly return to land on Monday, bringing cooling to areas west of the mountains and warming to the deserts.

A ridge of high pressure was expected to rebuild across the western United States by midweek, bringing hot, dry conditions to Southern California. This upper west coast ridge was expected to be the dominant weather feature next week with warming every day Monday through Thursday and low flow offshore.

On county beaches, a long period westerly swell of 4 to 5 feet is expected to start late Monday and continue through Wednesday. Some 7-footer runs were possible in San Diego County on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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