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Homeless Shelters To Open As More Storms Are Expected To Hit San Diego

Rain in Oceanside, Jan. 22, 2017.
Alison St John
Rain in Oceanside, Jan. 22, 2017.

Forecasts for gusty wind and potentially heavy rain in various parts of San Diego County have prompted two inclement weather homeless shelters in downtown San Diego to open Monday.

Father Joe's Villages at 1501 Imperial Ave. has room for 250 people. Check-in begins at 4 p.m. and guests must be out by 5 a.m.

PATH San Diego/Connections Housing, 1250 Sixth Ave., can accommodate 30 people. Check-in is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., and check-out is at 7 a.m.

Meals will be provided at both locations.

Homeless people stand in front of their make-shift shelters on 17th Street in San Diego's East Village, June 28, 2016.
Susan Murphy
Homeless people stand in front of their make-shift shelters on 17th Street in San Diego's East Village, June 28, 2016.

The shelters are opened during severe weather conditions, either 50 degrees or below or a 40 percent or greater chance of rain, according to the San Diego Housing Commission, which oversees homeless programs.

Rain is expected to begin falling in the late morning or afternoon hours, according to the National Weather Service.

Anticipated rainfall amounts through Tuesday are expected to be .02 of an inch in Borrego Springs; .20 in San Diego; .35 on Mount Laguna; .39 in the Miramar area; .45 in Alpine; .47 in Ramona; .54 in Escondido and Oceanside; 1.04 inches in Julian; and 1.53 inches on Palomar Mountain, according to the NWS. The snow level will stay above 7,000 feet.

The rain may lead to slick roads with water ponding in some areas. The wind may also affect traffic through passes and along some desert highways, according to the weather service. Motorists were urged to use extra caution.

"Although rainfall will not be great, commutes could be wet and slow," according to the weather service.

The rain is expected to taper off and the winds will weaken Tuesday night.

An NWS wind advisory for the mountains and deserts will remain in effect until 10 p.m. Tuesday. Winds of 35 to 50 miles per hour are expected in most areas, but gusts could reach 50 to 75 mph over the mountain ridges and along desert slopes.

A series of Pacific storms hit San Diego last month.

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Forecasters said high pressure would bring fair and warmer weather Wednesday and Thursday, but another storm may deliver more rain Friday into next weekend.

San Diego and the rest of California has had a wet winter that has helped ease years of drought.

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