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First Of 2 Pacific Storms Made For Soggy Morning Commute In San Diego

Rain soaks a windshield on Interstate-5 in San Diego, Dec. 5, 2018.
PHOTO BY MEGAN BURKS
Rain soaks a windshield on Interstate-5 in San Diego, Dec. 5, 2018.
Rain that began Sunday afternoon in Southern California and carried on through the night made for a soggy morning Monday in San Diego, further complicating matters for people trying to reach their holiday destinations or wrap up their Christmas shopping.

UPDATE: 12:45 p.m., Dec. 23, 2019:

Rain that began Sunday afternoon in Southern California and carried on through the night made for a soggy morning Monday in San Diego, further complicating matters for people trying to reach their holiday destinations or wrap up their Christmas shopping.

The storm is the first of two Pacific storms that will hit Southern California this week.

As of noon Monday, Point Loma, which received the most rain in San Diego County, had 1.18 inches according to the National Weather Service. The rain dissipated as it traveled further inland. Santee had 0.61 inches, while El Cajon had 0.37 inches and Mount Laguna had 0.48.

A colder cell arriving Christmas night and lasting through Thursday will see temperatures plummeting and rain levels increasing, the NSW said.

"Most substantial rain and mountain snow will occur through Monday, with another round Christmas night through Thursday,'' a weather service report said.

Monday will be mostly cloudy in San Diego County.

Snow levels will be at 5,500 to 6,000 Monday, falling to 5,000 feet early Tuesday and could fall to around 4,000 feet on Christmas Day, but don't expect a white Christmas in San Diego County, the NWS said.

A winter weather advisory remains in effect for the San Bernardino County mountains above 5,000 feet. Snow amounts of 1 to 3 inches are forecast between 5,000 and 6,000 feet, and 8 to 12 inches above 7,000 feet.

Rainfall will end Friday with dry weather likely next weekend, according to forecasters. Another Pacific storm could arrive by New Year's Eve.