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Record Low of 24 Degrees Set In Ramona

No more rain or snow is expected, but New Years Eve will see patchy frost and chilly weather.

Chilly weather and patchy frost were in store in San Diego County tonight, but no more rain or snow was expected, according to the National Weather Service.

A light coating of snow remained in some areas early today from the passing winter storm that dropped up to two inches of snow in some mountain areas and rain throughout the county this weekend. Near-freezing temperatures and areas of frost were also reported early today, and a record low of 24 degrees was set in Ramona, the NWS reported.

Forecasters expected areas of frost over parts of the deserts and in wind-sheltered valleys tonight along with low nighttime temperatures through Wednesday,

NWS meteorologist Tina Stall said chilly temperatures, with lows in the 30s, could stick around for the next few nights, but "as we get toward the weekend, it may warm up a little bit."

Additional rain and snowfall were not expected, she said.

"It looks looks like the precipitation is pretty much done for probably at least the rest of the work week, probably through the weekend as well," Stall said.

However, lingering snow from the passing winter storm could cause icy road conditions.

"If you get any melt during the day it could re-freeze again at night, causing areas of black ice, so roads can still be slick," Stall said.

The California Highway Patrol reported that around 6:40 p.m. Sunday, Sunrise Highway was completely iced over  near state Route 79. It was later closed on the north end.

The county's Department of Public Works had snow plow crews that worked through the night to clear the roads, but icy conditions remained in some mountain areas.

Snow gates were open on Sunrise Highway about 11:30 a.m., but chains were still required, according to the DPW.

—City News Service

Catryna White January 01, 2013 at 02:38 PM
Record 24°? What about one winter in the early 90's, when it went down to 18°? That winter destroyed all of our citrus trees.
greg Chick January 01, 2013 at 06:44 PM
I too have seen low teens, but it depends on what day, week month.... for record keeping... My gauge is as a plumber I was called to replace a frozen and split bronze 3/4" tee that had been there since WW Two.. and had it ever been that cold... that long, it would have frozen before that. But how long is also an issue the temp is low.... The plbr...

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