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Notice: Weather Alert – High Impact Holiday Winter Storm

Pala Band of Mission Indians California Pala Notice

NOTICE – Weather Alert for 11/26 through 12/1.

PALA, CA – Pala will be impacted by a storm that will bring high levels of rain from Tuesday night (11/26) through Saturday (maybe even Sunday 12/1).


  • A major winter storm will impact Southern California Wednesday morning through Friday
  • Significant snowfall will fall in the mountains with high impact to travel – accumulating snow through most mountain passes.
  • Light snow accumulations possible in the high desert Thursday afternoon into Friday.
  • Widespread moderate to locally heavy rain; Localized flash flooding and debris flows possible

** STRONG Rain Event for the entire Southern California region. This new storm will impact driving, especially during the Thanksgiving holiday. There is currently a FLASH FLOOD WATCH (late Tuesday night through Thursday evening) and a WINTER STORM WARNING (snow impacts).


  • Warmer, atmospheric river rain will hit us Tuesday night through Wednesday night (largest rain impact)
  • The colder portion of the storm (more showers) will hit us Thursday, Friday, & Saturday (snow levels will drop)


  • Heaviest Rain [Wednesday– Thursday night, especially on Thanksgiving Day]
  • Expect localized flash flooding (especially Thursday night)
    • § 1.5” – 2” in Pala/Temecula area
    • § 3-4” Palomar Mountain
  • Isolated thunderstorms (late Wed afternoon – Friday afternoon)(rain rates: 0.40” – 0.60”/hour)


  • Expected snow 1-2 feet above 5500’ (Palomar Mountain); 1 inch of snow possible down to 3000’
  • Thursday night/Friday – much colder & snow levels will drop to 3000’ (maybe even 2000’)
    • § Driving impacts to: Ortega Highway; I-15/Cajon Pass; and 8/San Diego County mountains


  • Strong west winds (especially in the high desert)
  • Wind gusts: up to 40mph/mountain areas; up to 30mph / Pala-Temecula area


** Weather Updates:
** Webcam: (Cole Grade Road, where the San Luis Rey River crosses over the road.)
** CalTrans: (Road Closures)