Another Wet, Windy Storm to Sweep Through San Diego With Gusts

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Snow around the Mt. Laguna observatory on Sunday morning. Courtesy HPWREN network

Updated at 10:16 a.m., Sunday Jan. 22

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Another round of heavy rain will arrive in San Diego on Sunday afternoon and continue into Monday as the third in a series of winter storms sweeps through the region.

The National Weather Service office in San Diego is forecasting two to three inches of rain along the coast and four to seven inches inland. A high wind warning is in effect with periods of potentially damaging gusts expected into the early evening. The warning will remain in effect until 6 p.m. Monday with the strongest gusts expected this evening, according to the National Weather Service.

Flash flooding, river flooding and debris flows will be possible. Strong winds and saturated soil could bring trees down. Strong winds, heavy rain and mountain snow will create conditions of poor visibility and “treacherous driving conditions” on Sunday and overnight, said NWS forecasters.

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Gusts of up to 65 mph were expected in some areas, making driving difficult, especially for high-profile vehicles. There is also a chance rain will continue throughout the day with widespread showers expected overnight.

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Temperatures will be in the mid-40s and mid-50s this Sunday. Strong southerly winds will wallop the coastal areas, mountain ridges, Cajon Pass and high deserts Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.

“As winds shift to the west late today, damaging wind gusts of 85 mph could occur near the slopes of the San Bernardino mountains with gusts as high as 90 mph along mountain ridge tops,” said an NWS forecaster in a Facebook post.

There is a chance of rain in the morning but the full force of the storm is expected in the afternoon with rain continuing into Monday and lingering into Tuesday.

High wind and flash flood warnings go into effect this afternoon and will continue through Monday evening. Fair weather should return by midweek, according to forecasters.

City News Service contributed to this post.

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