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Storm System Expected to Bring Rain, Chance of Thunderstorms This Weekend

The county can expect showers and possibly thunderstorms before 4 p.m. Saturday

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A storm system brought rain and a few thunderstorms throughout San Diego County on Saturday.

By 2 p.m., 0.62 inches of rain was reported in Encinitas, 0.66 inches of rain was reported in Carlsbad and Poway received up to 0.64 inches of rain, the highest in the county.

The storm prompted the NWS to issue a wind advisory and a beach hazard statement.

A wind advisory will remain in effect until 10 p.m. Saturday for the county deserts. It will cause 20 to 30 mph winds with up to 50 mph gusts, the NWS said. The strongest winds will occur over the southern areas including along Interstate 8.

A beach hazard will remain in effect through the afternoon for county coastal areas. A beach hazard statement is issued when threats such as strong rip currents, elevated surf heights, minor tidal overflow, or lightning are possible at local beaches.

The highest elevations in the mountains will see less than one inch of snow, the National Weather Service said.

The storm is expected to move east out of the region by Sunday morning, then temperatures will warm up early next week, potentially reaching the mid-80s in the inland valleys on Monday, NWS Meteorologist James Brotherton said.

The San Diego County Department of Environmental Health issued a General Rain Advisory to avoid water contact at all coastal beaches and bays due to recent rainfall.

Swimmers, surfers, and other water users are warned that rain brings urban runoff, which can cause bacteria levels to rise significantly in ocean and bay waters, especially near storm drains, creeks, rivers, and lagoon outlets.

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