After a weekend of destructive rain, San Diego County was bracing for its third storm in less than a week on Monday.
The third storm system was expected to bring the region days of showers with the possibility of thunderstorms and several inches mountain snow.
Spotty showers began overnight Monday and left the ground saturated ahead of the morning commute
More than a dozen crashes were reported on San Diego freeways before 6 a.m., according to NBC 7’s Whitney Southwick.
Heavy downpours were expected to pick up in the afternoon and become more widespread, NBC 7 Meteorologist Sheena Parveen said.
Off-and-on showers would continue through Tuesday and the storm may even linger into Wednesday but showers will move out of the area before sunrise, Parveen said.
The series of winter storms have churned coastal waters. A high surf advisory that went into effect over the weekend would last until 11 a.m. Monday.
It is possible that waves of up to 7 feet could create dangerous swimming conditions, localized beach erosion and flooding during this time.
Mountain ranges with elevation above 5,000 feet may see some snow from this storm system. Parveen said as temperatures cool into Tuesday, it is possible snow may fall at elevations as low as 3,000 feet.
Anywhere from 1 to 3 inches are expected at lower elevations and up to 6 inches are possible at elevations above 6,000 feet, she said.
Due to the weather conditions, the National Weather Service issued a winter storm watch from 6 a.m. Tuesday to 4 p.m. Wednesday.
During that time, significant snow may impact travel. Driving may be difficult as visibility will be significantly reduced, NWS said.
Source: NBC San Diego