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King tides to hit San Diego coast ahead of Thanksgiving storm

Posted at 10:31 AM, Nov 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-25 22:57:27-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- San Diego’s beach communities are bracing for king tides that could lead to coastal flooding.

The tidal event is expected to hit the county’s beach areas starting Monday, ahead of a strong storm that is heading towards the region.

Tides as high as 7 feet are forecast along San Diego’s coast for the next 2-3 days, according to tidal charts. King tides occur when there is an alignment of the gravitational pull of the sun and the moon.

According to 10News Meteorologist Megan Parry’s forecast, a cold storm will bring rain and wind to the San Diego area by Wednesday. Snow for the county’s mountains and possible thunderstorms are also in the forecast.

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The weather could severely impact holiday travel plans, with rain-slicked roads and potential closures due to flooding or snow.

There is the possibility of snow and ice on Interstate 5 through the Grapevine north of Los Angeles, according to the National Weather Service.

Some 4.3 million Southern Californians plan to travel more than 50 miles on Thanksgiving, AAA reported. That would be the second-highest amount of travel since 2000. Most travelers, 3.7 million, will reach their destination by car, according to AAA.