San Diego is expecting another storm this weekend, and the San Diego County Water Authority and local lifeguard and fire rescue stations are offering tips to conserve water and keep homes and businesses safe.
Rain is expected to hit the East County Saturday morning and shower hard into the middle of the day before widespread showers hit the rest of the county Saturday night.
San Diegan's can expect anywhere from a half inch to an inch and a half of rain between Saturday morning and Sunday night.
Snowfall is also expected at 4,000 feet.
Homes and businesses in need of sandbags can go to any San Diego county fire station or to lifeguard stations in Ocean Beach, Mission Beach, Pacific Beach and La Jolla Shores.
Crews do need to be present at the stations to receive sandbags. If they are not, they suggest trying a retailer that sells them.
Sandbags do not come pre-filled, but anyone with access to the beach can fill them there, according to city officials.
The San Diego County Water Authority said it is important to have sprinkler systems shut off during the rain to conserve water, and the systems can remain off for a few days after the last rain.
“While these rainstorms are welcome, they will not break the serious drought conditions that exist statewide, and we need to continue to take advantage of these opportunities to reduce our use as much as possible,” said Mark Weston, chair of the San Diego County Water Authority’s Board of Directors.
The water authority said it would take three full months of heavy precipitation and cooler temperatures for the state to begin recovering from the drought, so taking advantage of the little bit of rainfall we are getting is crucial.
The San Diego Sheriff's Department also reminds those headed to the snow in the Julian, Pine Valley and Descanso areas to be respectful of residents and private property.
They also remind drivers to have a full tank of gas, water and food in the event they get stuck in traffic or stranded by weather for several hours.