San Diego's Weather Forecast for Sunday, Dec. 26, 2021: Rain returns Monday

Posted at 8:21 AM, Dec 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-26 22:32:50-05

After a break in the rain this weekend, more rain returns for the final week of 2021.

Monday, a cold winter storm pushes down California's coast, bringing rain and mountain snow. Rain chances remain slight Monday morning, building into the afternoon and evening hours. Coastal and inland areas could get a couple tenths of an inch of rain.

This system is cold, meaning mountain snow looks likely. A Winter Storm Warning is in place for San Diego mountains starting noon Monday and ending at midnight. Snow levels could drop down to 3,500 feet, with 4-6 inches possible above 4,500 feet and more than a foot possible above 6,500 feet.

Winds will also pick up with this first storm, prompting a High Wind Warning for San Diego deserts from noon Monday to 3 a.m. Tuesday morning. Gusts up to 60-70 MPH are possible in the mountains and deserts during that time frame. Plus, a Gale Warning is in place during that same time frame for coastal beaches.

Temperatures drop to 5-15 degrees cooler than normal with this first storm as well.

This first storm lingers into Tuesday morning, then Tuesday will bring a bit of a break to the activity. Lingering showers are possible through Tuesday.

A second, warmer system arrives Monday, bringing more rain chances but not as promising snow chances. This storm lingers through about Friday, drying out in time for the new year. The first weekend of 2022 will be dry with temperatures warming slightly.

Monday's Highs:
Coast: 54-56°
Inland: 49-54°
Mountains: 32-37°
Deserts: 56-61°

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