A strong low-pressure system is expected to bring light rain, gusty winds and mountain snow to the San Diego region on New Year’s Eve.
The National Weather Service office in San Diego is forecasting up to a quarter inch of rain west of the mountains on Monday afternoon and evening, followed by gusty offshore winds that could reach 50 mph inland.
Light snow will be possible above 5,000 feet, and the freezing level could fall to 3,500 feet overnight Monday, creating icy conditions on mountain roads and highways, including Interstate 8.
“Be prepared for snow-covered roads and limited visibility at times, and use caution while driving,” the weather service said.
The forecast for Monday calls for a high of 62 along the coast, 61 in the western valleys and 51 to 56 in the foothills. Lows overnight Monday will be in the 30s and 40s.
The weather service is also tracking a Pacific storm system that could bring heavy rain to the area next weekend.
Updated at 8:05 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 30
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