San Diego may dry out briefly on Sunday following a winter storm that dropped almost an inch of rain per hour on parts of the region on Saturday afternoon.
The National Weather Service office in San Diego said intermittent rain is expected to continue into Sunday afternoon, then the third storm cell will bring lighter precipitation Monday morning through Tuesday.
On Saturday, rainfall totals of a half-inch to almost a full inch of rain an hour were recorded in northwest San Diego County, the weather service said. The ongoing rain could cause dangerous flooding in Oceanside, Carlsbad, Temecula, Vista, Encinitas, Del Mar, Fallbrook, Valley Center, Camp Pendleton, and parts of the San Diego city limits including University City, forecasters said.
A high surf advisory for San Diego County’s coastal areas will remain in effect until 11 a.m. Monday.
Winds could reach 30 to 40 mph at San Diego International Airport. On Saturday, a gust downed a eucalyptus tree in Balboa Park, damaging a number of parked cars.
Inland-valley areas were expected to get from 1 to 1.4 inches of rain as of Sunday morning, while coastal areas would see around 1 inch, weather service meteorologists said. Between 1.4 and 2.2 inches was forecast for the county mountains and desert areas will get around a quarter-inch of rainfall.
“Low-water crossings in many areas will likely flood at some point as larger rivers and streams more quickly develop channel flow, including the San Diego River in Mission Valley,” weather service forecasters said in a statement.
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