Lackluster Storm Leaves San Diego Thirsty for More

By Whitney Southwick
|  Friday, Dec 11, 2009  |  Updated 12:58 PM PDT
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It may not exactly be the best beach weather but Friday’s "storm" is proving to be "less than expected" and certainly no match for last Monday's blast of winter.

At midday, only light sprinkles and a few light showers had passed over the County.  Most spots have received only a trace of moisture and just a couple of places in the mountains measured a tenth of an inch by noon.

A second weak front was expected to roll over the County Friday night and early Saturday.

It was hoped that combined, the two storms might produce as much as a half inch of rain near the coast and maybe twice that in the east county. So far, the "precip production" has fallen well short of what the computers were predicting.

There should be a break from the wet weather Saturday afternoon and evening but then, a third, stronger storm is expected to move into the county late Saturday night or, more likely, early Sunday morning.

This storm will be a bit colder and should produce stronger winds and a lot more rain.  As much as an inch is hoped for near the coast and maybe up to 2-3 inches in the foothills and mountains.

The storm is still too warm to produce much if any snow in our mountains but Big Bear and Wrightwood could see as much as a foot of new powder above the 8,000' level.

That final storm is expected to move out of the county by midnight on Sunday; Monday should be mostly sunny and a little warmer with the rest of the week looking for 60s and 70s and plenty of San Diego sunshine.

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