Widespread rain and winds hit Southern California, with mountain snow on the way, on Thursday night and into Thursday, and into Friday morning.
Some of the most intense snowfall will come in the Sierra Nevada, as temperatures fall into the 30s, according to the National Weather Service, causing dangerous driving conditions.
The heaviest snow is expected to begin Friday afternoon and continue through midnight.
The snow could fall an inch an hour Friday afternoon, according to the NWS.
Meteorologists say the heaviest snow may fall as early as Friday night, and then it could keep falling all night long, with a total of up to six inches possible.
The heaviest snow will fall between 10 and 11 p.m., said meteorologists at the National Weather Service.
A big snowstorm watch is in effect from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. Friday.
This is the first time in 40 years of record-keeping that there has been an inversion in the San Diego area.
This is also the first time in the last 40 years that there has been a major change in wind, said meteorologists at the National Weather Service in San Diego.
Snow, rain and winds can hit Southern California Friday.
The area has been experiencing snow and wind for days.
Forecasters have issued a snowstorm watch for coastal Southern California from 5 p.m. Friday to midnight, but because of the amount of moisture in the air, the storm is expected to be strong and can bring more than a foot of snow, according to the U.S. Weather Bureau.
This is a “big one” for San Diego.
There’s a strong chance of some coastal flooding Friday night, said San Diego Fire-Rescue President Brian Fenelon.
The rainfall caused the San Diego International Airport to completely close Thursday night and Friday morning, with officials saying it could cause extensive damage to the terminal if it were to flood and wash over the buildings.
The National Weather Service said Thursday’s storm may be the most intense weather system in San Diego since September 2007.
That storm dumped almost a foot of snow in the city and had strong winds, and the National Weather Service in San Diego warned of flooding.
“It was historic and a very big one,” said Brian Fenelon, president and chief executive officer of the National Fire