A cold low-pressure system will bring cooler temperatures, scattered showers, and gusty mountain and desert winds to San Diego County through Friday

National Weather Service forecasters predicted the system would bring heavier rain and possibly thunderstorms to inland mountains and valleys by evening, with .65 inches forecast for Palomar Mountain, .42 inches for Julian, .39 inches for Escondido, .36 inches for Ramona and a quarter-inch for Alpine. The snow level will drop to around 5,000 to 5,500 feet.

San Diego could get .16 inches of rain, with slightly greater amounts falling near Miramar and Campo. However, forecasters cautioned that the estimates will vary because of  the unsettled nature of the storm system.

It will be mostly cloudy along the coast with highs 62 to 67 and the chance of rain increasing to 70 percent by evening. It will be cooler inland, with highs 53 to 58 near the foothills.

No rain was expected in the deserts, but west winds of 20 to 30 miles per hour will continue, along with gusts that may reach 45 mph. A wind advisory for the deserts is scheduled to expire at 3 a.m. Friday.

Dry weather will return Saturday followed by warmer weather Sunday and Monday under weak high pressure.

If it rains, don’t forget to turn off your sprinklers to comply with the mandatory water regulations during California’s record drought.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.