Storm expected to sweep through County

A brief return to wet, colder winter weather is in store for San Diego County this weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

The NWS said a strong storm over the Gulf of Alaska will move rapidly southward and down the California coast on Saturday before moving across Southern California on Sunday.

The storm should bring strong winds, scattered showers and sharply colder weather on Sunday, according to the Weather Service.

Winds of between 30 and 40 mile per hour winds with gusts up to 50 mph are likely in mountain areas Sunday, forecasters said. The winds will be weaker in the valleys, deserts and along the coast.

Highs on Sunday will be in the 50s in coastal and valley areas and in the 60s in the lower deserts but in the mountains, highs will only reach the 30s and low 40s, according to the Weather Service.

The NWS projected that rainfall totals from the storm will be about a quarter-inch to a half-inch in coastal and valley areas, three quarters to an inch on west-facing mountains slopes, and less than a tenth of an inch in the deserts.

The snow level will be around 6,000 feet on Saturday but fall sharply to 4,500 feet on Sunday, according to the Weather Service.

The agency said this weekend’s storm is expected to move east Sunday night, paving the way for dry, warmer weather next week.

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