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Some rain to drench San Diego ahead of strong storm

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Posted at 6:07 AM, Jan 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-16 09:07:25-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV/CNS) - Scattered showers are expected throughout San Diego County Wednesday as one storm makes way for a more powerful system expected to sweep into the region in the evening, potentially bringing moderate to heavy rainfall through Friday morning.

10News Meteorologist Megan Parry says rain on Wednesday morning will likely taper off after 9 a.m., but drivers should expect slick roads and slowing during the commute.

A third, stronger storm will likely arrive late Wednesday night, but a bulk of the storm hitting north of the county, according to Megan’s forecast. Much of the heavy rainfall will douse San Diego during Thursday’s afternoon/evening commute.

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Dry and warmer weather will kick in Friday afternoon and prevail through the weekend.

As of 9:15 p.m. Tuesday, two-day precipitation totals across the county ranged from fairly light -- 0.42 of an inch in Del Mar -- to heavy -- 2.07 inches in Julian, according to the National Weather Service.

Along the coast, Oceanside received 0.57 of an inch over the 48-hour time frame while Brown Field airport in Otay Mesa got 0.65 of an inch and the San Diego International Airport was doused by 0.51 of an inch.

Across the inland valleys, Santee got the most precipitation for the period -- at 1.38 inches -- while the highest total for the local deserts was 0.87, in San Felipe, east of Julian.

Coastal areas could get up to two-tenths of an inch of rain Wednesday, while less than one-tenth of an inch are expected in inland-valley areas as well as the local deserts, according to the NWS. Up to six-tenths of an inch is forecast for Palomar Mountain and Julian could see around one-tenth of an inch of rain.

Snow levels were at 7,000 feet this morning and are expected to rise to 8,500 feet by tonight, NWS meteorologist Jimmy Taeger said.