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Mountains near San Diego see May snow for first time in 4 years

SF Gate logo SF Gate 5/21/2019 Amy Graff

a tree with snow on the ground: An image from the Laguna Mountain Lodge webcam showing snow in the mountains behind San Diego on May 20, 2019.

An image from the Laguna Mountain Lodge webcam showing snow in the mountains behind San Diego on May 20, 2019.

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It's not only the Bay Area that's receiving a wild mix of May weather.

The mountains framing San Diego 60 miles to the east are seeing anomalous snow this month, too.

Early Monday, an unseasonably cool storm that dove down from the northwest dropped an inch of snow over Mount Laguna, a village in the Laguna Mountains at 6,200 feet in elevation. A light dusting also fell overnight.

"It is quite rate," said Alexander Tardy, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service's San Diego office. "We will see more snow Wednesday afternoon in the mountains near 6,000 feet."

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The last time these mountains saw snow in May was on May 8, 2015, when nearby Palomar Mountain recorded 2 inches.

The mountains have received an inch or more of snow in May in 10 of the past 118 years, with the earliest record of snow from the NWS in 1901. Two inches were recorded on Palomar Mountain.

CENTURY30K/B/18OCT89/SC/VINCE MAGGIORA
 MARINA DISTRICT FIRE AFTER THE 1989 EARTHQUAKE

CENTURY30K/B/18OCT89/SC/VINCE MAGGIORA MARINA DISTRICT FIRE AFTER THE 1989 EARTHQUAKE
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