Storm will bring heavy rain, gale warning

City News Service

A strong Pacific storm that could cause flash flooding and mud slides likely will arrive in San Diego County late today, forecasters said.

According to the National Weather Service, rainfall will be widespread

and moderate to heavy in some areas, lasting through at least Saturday night.

The agency estimates the storm will drop up to 2 inches of rain in coastal and valley areas, and up to 4 inches in the mountains. The deserts are expected to get up to an inch of rain.

The storm also is expected to cause snow in the mountains, down to about 3,000 feet by Sunday morning.

"People should stay informed on this approaching storm," the NWS

advised. "The rain will cause slick roads. Snow, blowing snow and fog will make travel hazardous in the mountains. People planning travel in the mountains late (today) and Saturday should be prepared for winter weather conditions."

A flash flood watch is scheduled to go in effect from 1 p.m. to Saturday afternoon. Also, a gale warning — meaning winds of 34 to 47 knots are imminent or occurring off the coast — is scheduled to go in effect locally from this evening through Saturday morning.

   
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