Snow on Palomar Mountain on Christmas Day. Courtesy UCSD HPWREN network

It’s going to be a white Christmas in San Diego in the mountains.

For everybody else, Christmas Day will be wet, rainy and windy, according to the National Weather Service office in San Diego.

“A storm system is coming and after about 10 p.m. tonight, we’ll begin having scattered showers that will continue through the day on Christmas,” weather service forecaster Samantha Connolly said. “The storm system will bring cooler temperatures through tomorrow, and snow above 5,000 feet.”

Connolly said temperatures will drop into the high 50s to 60s in most of San Diego on Christmas day. She said temperatures in the mountains are expected to dip into the 30s and 40s during the storm.

“We will have gusty winds as well through the day and night,” Connolly said. “Wind gusts will be up to 30 mph along the coasts and in the inland valleys, and as much as 50 to 60 mph in the mountains and deserts.”

One-tenth to one-quarter of an inch of rain is expected along the coast and in the inland valleys and the deserts on Christmas. Half an inch to an inch of rain is expected in the mountains.

The NWS forecaster said the storm will leave San Diego later in the day on Christmas. Wednesday, the day after the storm, is expected to be dry.

But more light rain could be on the way.

“We have another potential storm system that could come in on Thursday and Friday,” Connolly said. “We’re expecting a little rain from that, but not much.”

Updated at 7:55 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018

–City News Service

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