SAN DIEGO -- The rain and gusty wind were beginning to ease up in parts of San Diego County this morning, but a second storm system is set to hit Christmas Eve as very high tides pound the coast through Christmas Day.
A National Weather Service wind advisory for the mountains and deserts is scheduled to expire at 10 a.m. Winds of 25 to 35 miles per hour will be possible throughout the remainder of the advisory period along with gusts to 60 mph in some areas.
Along the coast, very high tides are expected each morning through Friday. A parking lot at La Jolla Shores has already been inundated with seawater, 10News reported. A coastal flood advisory will expire at 10 a.m. Friday.
Forecasters said the winds would weaken this morning and the rain that drenched the region over the past couple days would begin to let up.
In a 48-hour period ending at 6:32 a.m. today, automated gauges collected 5.21 inches of rain on Palomar Mountain; 4.27 inches at Birch Hill; 4.12 inches in Pine Hills; 3.36 inches in Julian; 3.33 inches at Lake Cuyamaca; 2.74 inches on Mount Laguna; 2.59 inches on Volcan Mountain; 2.56 inches in Descanso; 2.26 inches in Santa Ysabel; 1.85 inches on Otay Mountain; 1.29 inches at Henshaw Dam; and 1.03 in Echo Dell. Amounts of less than an inch were recorded in numerous other mountain locales, according to preliminary NWS data.
In the valleys and along the coast, Alpine and Fallbrook top the lists at 2.79 and 1.42 inches, respectively. Other considerable precipitation amounts over the past couple days included 2.15 inches in Thousand Trails; 1.91 inches at Mt. Woodson; 1.58 inches at Lake Wohlford; 1.54 inches at Harbinson Canyon; 1.35 inches in Deer Springs; 1.16 inches in Rancho Bernardo; 1.11 inches in Rancho Bernardo; and 1.02 inches in Poway.
Another storm system is expected to arrive late Thursday, which may bring a white Christmas in some locales above 4,000 feet, but could also affect holiday travelers.
"This storm will bring rain and mountain snow to the region with travel impacts expected for many of the local highways and interstates," according to the weather service. "Rain will make travel difficult along the major interstates, with mountain snow bringing impacts to several state and county highways."
Forecasters said motorists could be affected on Interstates 5, 8 and 15 and county road S-1.
The wind and rain may lead to hazardous driving conditions. Visibility on some desert roadways may also be reduced due to blowing dust.