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Skies to open up, unleash heavy rain on SD

Posted: 1:44 PM, Jan 03, 2016
Updated: 2016-01-03 21:55:03Z

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A series of three storms will likely bring scattered showers, heavy at times in certain areas in the county, starting Sunday night and lasting through Friday, the National Weather Service said.

"We expect to have as much as a total of 1.5 inches of rain in some areas by Wednesday, with the heaviest rains Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday," NWS forecaster Brett Albright said.

The first storm system was likely to arrive Sunday night with its heaviest rains coming Monday morning, Albright said.

Albright said surf, which today was 1 to 3 feet, could surge to 6 to 8 feet once the storms begin passing through.

"The surf will pick up Sunday and will be elevated all week with the biggest swells likely Thursday and Friday," Albright said.

The forecaster said cloud cover countywide will remain constant throughout the week. He said temperatures will remain cool, estimating highs in the mid-50s to the low 60s along the coast and inland valleys, near freezing at night and in the 40s in the mountains during the day, and in the 60s in the deserts most of the week.

"We expect 1.5 to 3 inches of rain in most areas by the end of the week," Albright said.

Snow is not likely with this series of storms, except perhaps in the highest locations in the mountains, according to the NWS.