San Diego Gets Inches of Rain From Weekend Storm

Storm clouds that dumped buckets of rain on San Diego County were lingering with some sprinkles Sunday. 

Rain began to develop Saturday morning but the heaviest rainfall came Saturday evening.

"We haven’t seen rain in a while, it’s beautiful,” a resident strolling Little Italy told NBC 7 quickly adding, "as long as I’m not driving in it."

A few spinouts and small crashes were reported by California Highway Patrol during periods of rainfall and officials warned drivers to slow down when the roads are slick.

The storm prompted the county Department of Environmental Health (DEH) to indefinitely close all of Imperial Beach. Heavy rain can increase the amount of sewage-contaminated runoff from the Tijuana Estuary and create unsafe conditions for swimmers, DEH said. 

The storm's rainfall totals were heavier than projected.

San Diego's mountain ranges were drenched with rain Saturday, with some areas receiving nearly 3.5 inches in total, NBC 7 weathercaster Liberty Zabala said.

Palomar Mountain in North County received 3.42 inches of rain, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). 

The inland valleys, which were projected to receive less than a quarter-inch of rain, got more than an inch and San Diego's coastal cities received three-quarters of an inch of rain. 

From 8 a.m. Saturday to 8 a.m. Sunday, Oceanside received .56 inches of rain, Escondido received .63 inches of rain, La Mesa received .52 inches of rain, Fashion Valley received .35 inches of rain and San Ysidro received .20 inches of rain, the NWS said. Take a look at totals here

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Storm clouds began to make their way into North County early Saturday morning, and by 8 a.m., the first signs of this storm system were visible.

Grounds were saturated throughout the day from the constant light rain.

Some sprinkles lingered Sunday morning but showers were expected to taper off by the afternoon, making way for sunshine and slightly warmer temperatures, according to NBC 7 weathercaster Liberty Zabala

Raindrops did not form into snow this time around. Another storm that may bring snow to San Diego County’s mountains is possible next week, Zabala said.

A weak cold front is expected to push that bout of rain into the region mid-week, the NWS said.

"Don’t put that umbrella away just yet because Wednesday, Thursday and Friday another storm system will roll through and this is when you will likely need to break out this umbrella once again," Zabala said. 

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