San Diego’s Workweek Begins with Rain, Gusty Wind

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Infrared satellite photo at 6:15 a.m. shows storm over Southern California. Courtesy NOAA

Updated at 6:47 p.m. Feb. 6, 2017

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A low-pressure atmospheric system moving over California brought light rainfall and strong winds to the San Diego area Monday.

The showers, which began dousing the county in the early morning, were expected to continue into Tuesday before dwindling and petering out, meteorologists said. Precipitation totals were expected to range from a few hundredths of an inch in the deserts to several tenths of an inch along the coast and in the inland valleys, and more than an inch in the mountains.

As of late Monday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service, the gray skies had dropped 0.74 of an inch of moisture at Birch Hill; 0.58 in Julian; 0.52 on Volcan Mountain; 0.48 in Mesa Grande and Pine Hills; 0.44 on Mount Laguna and in Warner Springs; 0.43 in Julian and at Lake Cuyamaca; 0.41 in Oceanside; 0.32 in De Luz; and 0.31 at Palomar Observatory and in Santa Ysabel.

Other precipitation totals included 0.29 of an inch in Pine Valley; 0.23 in Alpine and Bonsall; 0.22 in Fallbrook; 0.21 in Descanso and San Onofre; 0.2 at Henshaw Dam; 0.19 in Vista; 0.12 in Rancho Bernardo; 0.11 in Harbison Canyon; 0.09 in San Marcos; 0.08 in Carlsbad, Flinn Springs and Skyline Ranch; 0.06 in Kearny Mesa and Ramona; 0.04 at Montgomery Field; 0.03 in Lakeside; 0.02 in Valley Center; and 0.01 in Del Mar and Mission Beach.

A wind advisory for the mountains and deserts was slated to remain in effect until 10 p.m. Tuesday. Sustained air currents of 35 to 50 mph were expected in most areas until then, with gusts up to 75 mph along mountain ridges and desert slopes.

The rain and winds are expected to taper off Tuesday night. A return of high-pressure conditions will bring fair and warmer weather Wednesday and Thursday in advance of another storm that may deliver more rain Friday and over the weekend, forecasters advised.

— City News Service

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