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San Diego County Could Get Rain Tuesday

More gusty winds are expected in parts of San Diego County Tuesday, and up to a quarter inch of rain and mountain snow may be possible as a low pressure system from the Gulf of Alaska moves down the coast.

The Pacific cold front made landfall in Northern California Monday and is expected to arrive in Southern California later Tuesday. Forecasters said the valleys and coastal areas might get a few showers this afternoon, and there is a 50 percent chance for measurable precipitation in the mountains.

West winds of 15 to 30 miles per hour are also forecast again Tuesday for the mountains and deserts, as are gusts that could reach 55 mph in mountain passes and along the most wind-prone desert slopes. A National Weather Service wind advisory is scheduled to expire at 3 a.m. Wednesday.


"A low pressure system moving inland through California through tonight will maintain stronger onshore flow with periods of gusty west winds in the mountains and deserts," according to the weather service.

The gusty wind could make driving difficult along Interstate 8. It could also be strong enough to kick up sand and dust, which could reduce visibility, or down tree limbs. Motorists, especially those in high profile vehicles, were urged to use extra caution.

Weather service forecasters said the cold front is expected to weaken and move southeast out of San Diego County Wednesday morning. Milder weather is expected Thursday and Friday, with light winds and around average temperatures.