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Winter Storm to Bring Much-Needed But Light Rain to San Diego County

Southern California weather has done an about-face, with scattered showers and mountain snow replacing dry, gusty winds and unseasonably warm temperatures.

A shift in the weather is expected to bring some much-needed showers to San Diego County during the work week, though rainfall is expected to be light.

A deepening marine layer will result in light, scattered showers over and west of the mountains, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

The NWS said rainfall will be most significant in the mountains. Palomar Mountain and Julian are each expected to receive more than a quarter-inch of rain Monday.

Alex Miller and his wife Anna, who were visiting from out of state, didn't let the blustery weather Monday ruin their visit to the beach.

"I just jumped into the ocean. We had to. We're from Utah and even though it's a little bit overcast and it was predicted to rain, we had to jump in the ocean."

The city of San Diego was expected to receive about a tenth of an inch of rain.

NBC 7's Meteorologist Jodi Kodesh said there was a 20 percent chance of showers until 5 p.m. with a 40 percent of showers overnight through 3 p.m. on Tuesday.

Chances for rain will continue through Wednesday but as each day of the work week progresses those chances will diminish, according to the NWS.

Even insignificant amounts of rainfall will be a welcome sight in Southern California. Earlier this month, a report by the U.S. Drought Monitor said about 44 percent of California, including all of San Diego County, was in drought. 

Much of Southern California was bumped from an "abnormally dry" category to a "moderate drought." The National Weather Service (NWS) said low rainfall has contributed to the region's current drought status.

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