Cold front arriving in region

City News Service

Light rain fell around San Diego County early Tuesday as the first of a pair of cold Pacific storms bore down on the region.

According to the National Weather Service, two cold Pacific storms originating from the Gulf of Alaska will move across Southern California through Thursday. Temperatures were expected to drop as much as 30 degrees below average for this time of year before fairer weather returns Friday.

In San Diego County, the first storm was expected to bring mostly scattered showers throughout the day Tuesday. Highs were expected to be in the mid-60s in coastal and valley areas, mid-50s to mid-60s in the mountains, and high 70s to low 80s in the deserts.

A second storm, expected to hit the region Wednesday, will produce much heavier rainfall, colder temperatures and gusty winds, the Weather Service advised.

Wind gusts up to 55 miles per hour were expected in the mountains and deserts Wednesday through late Thursday.

Rainfall amounts could reach 1 to 2 inches on higher coastal mountain slopes and up to three-quarters of an inch at lower elevations, according to the Weather Service.

The snow level was between 8,000-9,000 feet Tuesday and expected to fall to 7,000-7,500 by late Wednesday, and nearly 6,000 by Thursday.