Rain showers over La Jolla Shores on Saturday morning. Image from HPWREN camera network

A cold storm system arrived Friday night in San Diego County, and gusty winds and rain will continue throughout the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

A significant trough of low pressure over the Pacific Northwest is making its way down the coast, forecasters said. The storm system will have two waves, with the first expected to peak Saturday morning and bring widespread rain showers throughout the day.

The second wave is forecast to arrive Sunday morning and bring wet and windy conditions through Sunday night, according to the weather service.

Coastal areas could get up to a half-inch of rain by Sunday night and the inland valleys could get up to an inch, according to the weather service. The county mountains could see up to 2.5 inches of rain and desert areas could get around one-tenth of an inch.

Snow levels will drop to around 5,000 feet by Saturday night, meaning several mountain tops in San Diego County could get a few inches of snow, forecasters said.

The weather service issued a wind advisory that will be in effect through 10 p.m. Sunday in the mountains and deserts.

Winds out of the west and southwest are expected to reach speeds between 15-25 mph, with gusts topping out at 50 mph, forecasters said. The wind gusts will make travel difficult for high-profile vehicles and could blow down tree limbs, potentially causing power outages.

A beach hazards statement warning of waves between 4-6 feet, and possibly reaching 7 feet, will be in effect through 2 a.m. Monday.

High temperatures Saturday are forecast to be 60 to 65 near the coast, 59 to 64 in the western valleys, 52 to 57 near the foothills, 45 to 51 in the mountains and 66 to 71 in the deserts,

— City News Service

Chris Jennewein

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