San Diego residents work up to heavy rain and high winds on Monday as the second in a wave of three winter storms moved through the region.
“It’s going to be a blustery day, with on-and-off showers through this evening … and strong winds all day that could be damaging,” the National Weather Service office in San Diego tweeted.
West winds of 30 to 40 mph with gusts to 50 and 60 mph were predicted along the coast, with a high wind warning in effect until 10 p.m.
Showers were expected to consolidate along the coastal slopes and a strong cold front was predicted to follow. The bulk of the rain is expected to fall through the morning.
“A few of these could be briefly heavy with small hail and thunder as the atmosphere will be quite unstable,” forecasters said. “Local ponding of water and urban flooding is possible near these heavier showers, and if they repeat over the same area.”
The snow level is predicted to plummet behind the front from around 4,000 feet to as low as 2,500 feet. Travel impacts are predicted to be severe Monday, with several inches of snow affecting all mountain areas and major roads such as Interstate 15, the Cajon Pass, and particularly Interstate 8, where snow may be heaviest.
Over the coastal waters, gale force winds and dangerous seas will develop Monday with strong winds along the coast as well. A gale warning is in effect until 10 p.m. Tuesday for coastal waters from San Mateo Point to the Mexican border.
A high surf advisory will be in effect from 6 a.m. Monday to 6 p.m. Tuesday for San Diego County coastal areas.
City News Service contributed to this article.