NWS: Brunt of Pacific storm has passed

A departing Pacific storm finished doling out rain and mountain snow to the San Diego area Wednesday before moving on and making way for clearing skies and a warming trend.

The brunt of the unsettled front doused the county Tuesday afternoon and evening, after which scattered showers and diminishing snowfall continued overnight and through the morning, according to the National Weather Service.

“It should be drying out and clearing up pretty much through the next week,” NWS meteorologist Tina Stall said.

By early Wednesday afternoon, the dark clouds were disappearing throughout the county, leaving behind replenished water reservoirs and snowfall piled up to 6 inches deep in some areas and extending from the highest peaks down to about the 3,400-foot level, Stall said.

Over a 24-hour period ending at noon Wednesday, the storm dropped 1.22 inches of precipitation at Lake Henshaw; 0.99 in Santa Ysabel; 0.55 in La Mesa; 0.51 in Kearny Mesa; 0.39 at Brown Field airport in Otay Mesa; 0.33 in downtown San Diego; and 0.24 in Borrego Springs.

As of Tuesday evening, 4.38 inches of rain had fallen at Lindbergh Field for the year, and 6.78 inches since July 1 - totals 1.44 and 0.69 inches, respectively, above amounts considered “normal” for those periods, according to the NWS.

Local temperatures are expected to climb over the next several days, and the weekend should be “real nice,” with thermometer readings in the 70s across the San Diego region, Stall said.