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Storm to bring rain and snow to San Diego County this week

Posted at 9:34 AM, Jan 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-14 17:27:25-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A series of Pacific storms will hit Southern California this week, bringing heavy rainfall and snow to San Diego County.

The first in the series of storms is expected to impact the San Diego region early Monday afternoon. Rain across the county will increase through the afternoon and likely to affect the early evening commute.

Because of the anticipated rainfall, the National Weather Service declared a flash flood watch for San Diego’s coasts, valleys and mountain areas starting at 12 p.m. through 12 a.m.

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The NWS says rainfall totals are expected to reach between one to two inches. Another storm system is set to move into San Diego Tuesday and last through Thursday.

The NWS warned travelers of dangerous roadways with flooding expected to become more significant and widespread this week.

Rock and mudslides are also a threat in recent burn areas.

As more rain is forecast Monday afternoon, the City of Chula Vista announced the closure of all sports ball fields and Hilltop Park. Other parks are being evaluated as a result of the storm.

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Additionally, heavy snow is in the forecast for Monday afternoon through Tuesday morning above 5,000 feet.

Meanwhile in Imperial Beach, people are being advised to avoid water contact while a general rain advisory is in effect for all county beaches.