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Storm expected to hit Southern California on Monday

A series of Pacific storms will move into San Diego next week, bringing the possibility of significant rainfall, a National Weather Service meteorologist said Friday.

The first storm will hit Southern California on Monday, followed by a second rain event on Tuesday and the third “strongest storm” will arrive on Thursday or Friday, NWS meteorologist Mark Moede said.

“That’s the one that has the potential to bring us the most rainfall of the three,” he said.

The coastal areas of San Diego County could get as much as 4-8 inches of rain by the week’s end, Moede said. In the inland valleys, 6-12 inches of precipitation could fall and the coastal mountain slopes could see as much as 20 inches of rain, he said.

“We’re in for a really wet weak,” Moede said.

Rain-saturated grounds by the end of the week could cause flash flooding, Moede said.

Accompanying the storms will be strong winds and snow above 5,500 feet, he said. The heaviest snow will fall in the resort areas in the San Bernardino mountains.

Moede said a strengthening El Nino in the Pacific, a climatic event marked by warming ocean waters, may be “one of the factors that seems to be involved in this particular event.”