Thursday's storm left San Diego County's roadways soaked and residents in need of an umbrella.
This storm quietly crept into the county overnight and delivered light showers in some areas of San Diego in the morning. By mid-afternoon, a large band of precipitation was falling in much of the county, according to First Alert Doppler 7, and rain continued through the evening commute.
“By the middle of the day and into the afternoon, that’s when it looks like we should have more rainfall that’ll be moving through and that’s what will give us better rainfall totals,” Meteorologist Sheena Parveen forecasted.
Parveen was right. Afternoon and evening rain helped push the 24-hour rainfall totals for some mountain communities past a full inch, according to the National Weather Service. A few valley communities saw close to an inch, while a few coastal zones got close to a half-inch.
Thursday rainfall totals as of 8:30 p.m.:
- Miramar: .45 inches
- Brown Field: .39 inches
- Kearny Mesa: .32 inches
- San Ysidro: .28 inches
- Montgomery Field: .26 inches
- Point Loma: .23 inches
- Otay Mtn. RAWS: .83 inches
- Alpine: .62 inches
- Alpine RAWS: .62 inches
- Harbison Canyon: .60 inches
- Lower Oat Flats: .51 inches
- Flinn Springs: .44 inches
- Lake Cuyamaca: 1.37 inches inches
- Lake Cuyamaca Mesonet: 1.17 inches
- Boucher Hill: 1.07 inches
- Volcan Mountain: 1.07 inches
- Julian: 1.06 inches
- Pine Hills: 1.05 inches
In wake of the wet weather, San Diego activated its Inclement Weather Shelter Program for Thursday night. Beds for up to 65 unhoused San Diegans were available at Father Joe's Villages and San Diego Rescue Mission.
The NWS said there was a chance for snow in mountain communities, but added that temperatures may not be cold enough for it to stick. No snowfall was registered as of 8:30 p.m.
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“There’s a chance that some of the highest elevations at the mountains, the very highest, we can see a couple of snowflakes falling, but it’s not going to amount to anything," Parveen said.
A wind advisory for mountain communities expired at 4 p.m. Laguna Launch saw the strongest gusts at 61 mph followed by Volcan Mountain at 56 mph, the NWS said.
We have a dry weekend ahead of us, followed by the chance of another storm at the start of next week, according to Parveen.