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High Winds Blow Over Mobile Home in Desert; Snow Falls in Ramona, Julian

Flying debris and dust shut down some desert offices and rip through awnings and metal structures.

Snow fell in some mountain areas of San Diego County this morning, with dustings as low as Ramona. The Highway Patrol there reported soon after 6 a.m. Wednesday that snow was falling "much lower than expected." High winds whipped through the desert, blowing over a mobile home, ripping off an awning and tearing apart a metal parking structure, according to the National Weather Service. Flying debris and dust caused the closure of some offices.

Strong, gusty winds are expected through Wednesday afternoon. High profile vehicles are not recommended in the Borrego Springs and Ocotillo Wells areas.

Early Wednesday morning, the California Highway Patrol advised that driving high profile vehicles was not recommended between Alpine and the Imperial County line because of high winds.

A hazardous weather outlook has been issued for San Diego County valleys and mountains.

Gusts of 62 mph were reported in Borrego Springs at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Weather spotter Kent Miller told the Weather Service that a mobile home was knocked over in winds rushing through Ocotillo Wells State Park. The home was righted on Wednesday, he said.

"OW state park lost many of its camping ramadas due to the wind," Miller reported to the Weather Service. "In Palm Canyon Campground at Anza Borrego, an electric golf cart was picked up by the wind and hurled into a visitor's motor home."

To read a Patch story about new weather forecasting radar technology to go into use in San Diego County this summer, .

Julie Pendray March 07, 2012 at 07:05 PM
If you have firsthand stories of weather in your area, we'd be interested in hearing about them here in the comments and also seeing your photos, which you can upload to this story. Thanks.
Catryna White March 07, 2012 at 11:24 PM
In our part of Ramona, north of town, we received a dusting of hail between 5:45 and 6am. I snapped a couple of pictures, but they are a little fuzzy as it was still dark at that hour.
Catryna White March 07, 2012 at 11:28 PM
How do we upload pics?

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