San Diegans awakened to scattered showers Thursday morning, with the rain expected to linger throughout the day.
NBC 7 meteorologist Jodi Kodesh said an umbrella is definitely necessary, as the rain will persist into Thursday night and possible early Friday morning.
While Northern and Central California experienced heavy rain and snow Thursday, Kodesh said Southern California will see lesser amounts of rain – mostly light showers.
One-tenth to one-quarter-inch of rain is expected in San Diego over the next 24 hours.
“San Diego will see only two chances for measureable rainfall. Today, scattered showers will continue to fall. We get a break for the weekend, and Monday, rain is possible again,” Kodesh added.
Kodesh said temperatures will remain mild, in the mid and upper-60s through Friday and the weekend.
Meanwhile, locals can also expect windy conditions in some parts of the county. The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory in effect through 4 a.m. Friday for the mountains and eastern desert slopes. Sustained winds up to 20 mph are possible, with gusts up to 40 mph.
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The San Diego Housing Commission said Thursday that the Inclement Weather Program at Father Joe’s Villages and Connections Housing Downtown had been activated to help homeless San Diegans during the rain.
The program provides shelter for the homeless at sites within the City of San Diego during severe weather conditions, including when temperatures hit the 50-degree or below mark, or when there’s a 40 percent chance of rain.
On Thursday, the program will open two shelters in downtown San Diego: Father Joe’s Villages located at 1501 Imperial Ave. and PATH San Diego/Connections Housing Downtown Shelter located at 1250 6th Ave. Check-in at the first location – which can house up to 250 people – starts at 4 p.m.; check-in at the second site – which houses 30 people – is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Meanwhile, the rain led to slick roadways and some accidents around the county, including this incident involving a driver who drifted into a ravine off Telegraph Canyon Road:
While the vehicle was stranded in the ravine for several hours, the driver in that accident was not harmed.