San Diego

Cool, Cloudy Weather With Chance of Showers

While rainfall amounts are expected to be light, the spring storm brought record-shattering rain and snowfall to San Diego county over the weekend

The same storm system that brought record-breaking rain and snowfall to San Diego over the weekend is circling back through our region Tuesday.

It'll be mostly cloudy and cool in San Diego County Tuesday with a slight chance of rain. Coast and inland valley regions will be cloudy, with a chance of patchy drizzle.

Some communities may experience showers with a slight chance of afternoon thunderstorms.

“The mountains and deserts have a 30 percent chance today of shower or pop-up thunderstorm,” NBC 7 Meteorologist Jodi Kodesh said.

The chance of rain returns Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.

“Today’s weather is actually the same storm that moved through the region last weekend,” Kodesh explained. “Monday, it dove down into Mexico, and today, it has moved back up into the states.”

San Diego County experienced a good round of rain showers over the last 72 hours.

The rain totals shattered records.

  • San Diego 0.79” (Old record 0.32” in 1971)
  • Alpine 0.98” (Old record 0.31” in 2013)
  • El Cajon 0.90” (Old record 0.23” in 2013)
  • Vista 0.84” (Old record 0.40” in 2013)
  • Chula Vista 0.84” (Old Record 0.34” in 2013)
  • Escondido 0.83” (Old record 0.78” in 1912)
  • Palomar Mountain 0.63” (Old record 0.62” in 1964)
  • Campo 0.63” (Old record 0.22” in 1956)

All three days of rainfall combined, most areas in the county received over an inch of rain, while a few spots received over 2 inches.

More than 2 inches of rain fell in Mt. Woodson, Descanso, Alpine, Pine Hills and Fallbrook.

Mountain areas received 2 to 10 inches of new snow. Palomar Mountain received 10 inches of snow, breaking a previous snowfall record of 2.50” set in 1964.

While it is not uncommon for spring storms to roll through in May, Kodesh said the amount of rain and snow we received is rare.

“Normally, for the entire month of May, San Diego gets about 0.20” of rain. Lindbergh Field is already at 0.89” of rain, in just the first 9 days.”

There is a chance of showers in the forecast tonight, and Wednesday morning.

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