More rain, wind Wednesday; but relief in sight

Posted at 5:48 AM, Mar 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-30 13:14:56-04


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SAN DIEGO -- The wind that had been buffeting the mountains and deserts early this week has weakened to a below-advisory level, but intermittent rain showers will continue across the majority of San Diego County throughout the day Wednesday.
Among the top rainfall amounts collected by automated gauges between when the storm began Monday and about 4 a.m. today were .64 of an inch on Volcan Mountain; .43 of an inch at Henshaw Dam; .40 of an inch in Julian; .34 of an inch on Black Mountain; .33 of an inch in Harbison Canyon; .29 of an inch in Pine Hills and Lakeside; .27 of an inch at Lake Cuyamaca; .24 of an inch in Warner Springs and at the Palomar Observatory; .23 of an inch in Flinn Springs; .20 of an inch in Santee; .15 of an inch in Dulzura; .11 of an inch in Kearny Mesa; and .05 of an inch at Camp Pendleton, according to the National Weather Service.
Forecasters said the scattered showers would continue mainly over and west of the mountains. A slight chance of thunderstorms is in the forecast for this afternoon and evening.
Additional rainfall amounts expected range from a few hundredths to two- tenths of an inch in the valleys and along the coast, and up to a third of an inch in the mountains. The snow level may drop to around 4,000 feet in some areas and another two inches could accumulate.
"Isolated mostly light showers continue to move east across San Diego and Orange counties this morning with partly cloudy conditions elsewhere," according to the weather service. "Winds have decreased in the mountains and deserts this morning, so the wind advisory was allowed to expire at 3 a.m."   
The rain is expected to ease up overnight and give way to mild and fair weather Thursday through early next week, forecasters said.