Rain Saturates San Diego
Monday, March 21, 2011
A late-winter storm that arrived late Sunday continued to saturate San Diego County today, bringing with it a slight chance of thunderstorms across the region and scattered snow showers to the higher elevations.
According to the National Weather Service, showers were likely to continue in coastal and valley areas this morning, followed by a lesser chance of showers this afternoon. In the mountains, snow showers were likely, along with a chance of showers at lower elevations, the agency advised.
Temperatures today were expected to range in the high 50s to low 60s along the coast and in the western valleys, and mostly low 50s near the foothills. The mercury was expected to reach the high 30s to high 40s in the mountains, and low 60s in the deserts.
A small craft advisory for the coastal waters off San Diego County was scheduled to expire at 5 a.m.
Meanwhile, the Weather Service scheduled a wind advisory for the mountains above 5,000 feet until 9 a.m., and a winter weather advisory for the same area was scheduled until 6 p.m.
"Cold moist unstable air moving inland across southwest California will continue scattered snow showers over the mountains above 4,000 to 4,500 feet today,'' the NWS advised.
According to the Weather Service's preliminary rainfall statistics as of 9:20 p.m. Sunday, the storm had already dropped 0.22 inches of rain in Vista; 0.45 in Encinitas; 0.32 in Fallbrook; 0.34 in Escondido; and 0.27 in Rancho Bernardo.