A much needed winter storm will travel from northern California to San Diego County overnight, bringing rain, high winds, mountain snow, and potentially even thunderstorms to the area.
As the county faces scattered showers on Monday as the system moves, much of the storm activity will occur Tuesday afternoon through evening, according to the forecast. NBC 7 meteorologist Sheena Parveen said the public should be prepared for regular downpours.
“We are expecting heavy rain and some of that rain can produce precipitation rates of about three-quarters of an inch per hour,” Parveen said in his forecast. “This is heavy rainfall. “
Due to forecasted precipitation, the National Weather Service has issued a flood watch that will be in place from Tuesday morning until evening. The agency warns that “excessive runoff can flood rivers, streams, streams and other low lying and flood-prone areas.”
In addition to the wet weather, the winds will gradually increase from Monday evening to Tuesday. For this reason, a wind advisory will be in effect from 1 p.m. Tuesday to 1 a.m. Wednesday.
Coastal winds have the potential to reach speeds of up to 45 mph, while isolated mountain and desert gusts could be damaging and reach over 60 mph.
Maneuvering a vehicle in bad weather can be tricky, and it can be annoying when you first start hydroplaning. NBC 7’s Ashley Matthews explains what to keep in mind when this happens.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if we have storm-related power outages tomorrow, as we can see wind gusts around 75 mph,” Parveen said. She added that the upcoming system has the potential to bring thunderstorms to the region.
The highest mountains in San Diego County could also receive some snow from the storm. Up to 4 inches of snow is expected as a possibility for Tuesday’s forecast.
Due to inclement weather, Cal Fire is giving county residents free sandbags to combat storm water runoff. For more information on claiming the gift, click here.