Snow on Mt. Laguna on Sunday morning. Image from UCSD HPWREN camera network

The San Diego region will enjoy a brief period of clearing skies on Sunday afternoon before a second storm wave arrives with more rain and snow.

“Widespread, locally heavy showers and low elevation snow will impact the region through Monday night, and locally into Tuesday morning,” the National Weather Service said. “Look for a break on Sunday with some sun, but it will remain on the cool side.”

Highs Sunday are forecast to be around 58 along the coast and in the western valleys, 48 to 53 near the foothills, 40 to 47 in the mountains and 61 to 66 in the deserts.

Rainfall could total 1 to 2 inches by Monday, and the snow level is expected to drop from 4,500 feet on Sunday to 2,500 feet by Monday afternoon, causing “significant travel disruptions” in the mountain passes.

Because of the storm, the weather service issued a gale force warning for coast waters. Winds are forecast to reach 25-35 knots with gusts to 45 knots creating dangerous boating
conditions with 10-15 feet seas across.

Updated at 7:35 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021

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