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Series of Storms to Pummel San Diego This Week


A rainy week is ahead for San Diego as two winter storms bring widespread showers and the potential for flash flooding starting Monday.  

“It’s going to be a rainy week here,” NBC 7 Meteorologist Sheena Parveen said. “We’re not talking about rain at every minute of the day for the rest of the week. We just have shower chances that will continue now until about early Friday.”

The first storm system hovered west of the Los Angeles area early Monday but was expected to make its way south to San Diego County by about 9 a.m., Parveen said. 

The possibility for flash flooding was expected Monday afternoon when heavy downpours were expected to begin. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch for Monday afternoon through midnight.

“Noon and shortly after we’ll see some heavy pockets of rain that could be leading to some localized flooding,” Parveen said.

During this time, rain may fall at a rate between a half-inch to an inch an hour with the heaviest rainfall near the coast, NBC 7 weathercaster Llarisa Abreu said.

There is also a potential for mudslides and debris flows from recent wildfires.

Lingering showers are expected through the rest of the week from the two weather systems. After Monday, precipitation would be much lighter and more scattered, Parveen said. 

The coastal, inland and mountain areas are expected to see one to 1½ inch of rain through Tuesday, according to National Weather Service. Snow may be possible in the mountain at elevations above 6,000 feet.

The potential for snow could fall to 5,500 feet and above by Monday evening and overnight Tuesday, she said.

Monday’s storm marks the fourth for San Diego since the new year began. Most recently, a storm brought more than a half-inch of rain over the weekend

Photo Credit: Monica Garske
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Source: NBC San Diego

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