Stormy weather: Second system the one to watch

Posted at 5:37 AM, Jan 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-05 01:38:59-05


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The first of several storms lined up to pass over the San Diego area this week delivered modest showers Monday in advance of wetter and colder unsettled systems expected in its wake.

By Friday, the spate of blustery winter conditions likely will leave behind two to four inches of rain west of the mountains, three to six inches on coastal slopes, 0.5 to 1.5 inches in the deserts and snow as low as the 4,000-foot level, according to the National Weather Service.

The surf is expected to build to 5 to 8 feet Tuesday through Wednesday, and to 8 to 12 feet with sets to 15 feet Thursday, the NWS reported. Potentially damaging ocean waves, coastal flooding, strong rip currents and beach erosion will be possible from Wednesday night through Friday morning, according to the federal agency.

Temperatures five to 10 degrees below average are also in the forecast this week.

Over the 24-hour period ending at 4 p.m., the bands of dark clouds dropped 0.42 of an inch of precipitation on Otay Mountain; 0.41 on Mount Laguna; 0.28 in Campo; 0.24 in San Ysidro; 0.23 on Dulzura Summit; 0.19 in Point Loma; 0.14 in Alpine and Flinn Springs; 0.13 in Chula Vista; 0.12 at Lindbergh Field; 0.1 in El Cajon; 0.09 in Mission Valley; 0.08 in La Mesa, Ramona, San Diego Country Estates and Santee; 0.07 in Del Mar, Linda Vista and Solana Beach; 0.04 in Encinitas; 0.03 in Valley Center; and 0.02 in Carlsbad, San Marcos and Vista.