Gloomy Weather Could Bring Light Rain to San Diego's Coast, Inland

San Diego County's wet weather isn't because of a storm system, but because of the marine layer

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Gloomy conditions Thursday are bringing a chance of rain to San Diego, particularly for coastal areas and the inland communities.

Thanks to San Diego’s marine layer, coastal communities and inland valleys experienced some thick clouds and mist overnight but the best chance of showers was expected Thursday morning.

"Not only do we have overcast skies concentrated over your coastline and your inland valleys, but because of some deepening marine layer, we have some chance of drizzle as well throughout your morning commute," NBC 7 Weather Anchor Brooke Martell said.

Any bit of rain the county may get will be short-lived since it’s a result of the region’s seaside location, NBC 7 Meteorologist Sheena Parveen said, and it's likely to clear by the afternoon to mostly sunny skies.

Friday's storm is causing wet roadways across San Diego County. NBC 7's Ashley Matthews shares tips on how to drive safely in the rain. She also explains what hydroplaning is and how drivers can avoid those dangers.

“Again, this is the marine layer,” Parveen explained. “It’s not another weather system, but it’s going to have enough moisture at least to produce some early drizzle or some sprinkles around parts of the county – for the coast and the inland valleys.”

In addition to possible rain, there will also be gusty winds. The National Weather Service issued a wind advisory from 1 p.m. Thursday to midnight Friday. Winds could reach the 20 to 30 mph range with some gusts reaching up to 55 mph.

Conditions will be cool on Thursday, thanks to the onshore flow. Temperatures will be well below average for this time of year.

Those who prefer sunnier conditions should fear not since Parveen said the forecast includes a slight warmup heading into the weekend.

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