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Heavy Pockets of Rain Sweep Quickly Through San Diego

A strong but quick-moving storm system soaked San Diego with pockets of heavy rain, but was for the most part cleared for the day by the afternoon. 

NBC 7 Meteorologist Dagmar Midcap set a second storm system was incoming, and predicted it would reach San Diego on Sunday.

Thursday's system, an unusually powerful one for this time of year, swept through the Los Angeles area overnight and hit the northwest corner of the county by 7 a.m. 

The system was parallel with San Diego’s coast and passed over the county rather quickly. But while it was overhead, there were periods of heavy rain. 

By 4 p.m. Friday, some parts of San Diego County had already received more than a half-inch of rain. The most significant 24-hour rainfall totals were:

  • Palomar: .62 inches
  • San Onofre: .28 inches
  • Fallbrook: .29 inches
  • Oceanside: .26 inches
  • Lake Cuyamaca: .47 inches
  • Julian: .43 inches
  • Carlsbad Airport: .18 inches
  • San Marcos: .18 inches
  • Escondido: .20 inches
  • Mt. Laguna: .35 inches
  • Encinitas: .13 inches
  • Alpine: .16 inches

San Diego skies began to clear in the early afternoon before low clouds moved back in Thursday evening. Midcap said there was a small chance for overnight rain from lingering clouds.

The storm system was also increasing winds in the region. Coastal areas were expected to see gusts in the 20 mile-per-hour ranage, while the mountains could see gusts in the 60 mph range. 

The National Weather Service issued a wind advisory from 5 p.m. Wednesday until 11 p.m. Friday for San Diego’s mountain and dessert communities.

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