Instead of snowfall, much of San Diego will receive rain during Christmas eve and possibly through Christmas day. 

An atmospheric river is still “on track” to deliver rain in Southern California according to the National Weather Service.This rainfall is expected to unload 1.5 to 2.5 inches of rain near the coast by noon on Friday. The Sierra Nevada mountains may see up to 10 feet of snow at higher elevations, but areas impacted with snowfall will be above 6,500 feet.  

“A colder system from the northwest is expected to bring additional precipitation Christmas day through Sunday morning, but precipitation amounts will be much less,” the NWS explained. 

Additionally, the NWS colder temperatures running below normal with the potential of bouts of participation with more widespread precipitation will possibly begin next Wednesday. 

A flood watch will be posted for Thursday night beginning at 7 p.m, and Friday morning for coastal, valley and mountain areas of San Diego county as periods of heavy rains are expected in the system. 

Winds caused by the storm are anticipated to reach 20 mph to 25 mph. According to the county of San Diego, the Dept. of Public Works transportation crews prepares to prevent road flooding. The county will provide sandbags and erosion control, but urges all residents to call ahead of time to check on supply availability. 

Additionally, Sandbags will be available in Chula Vista. Residents may obtain up to 10 sandbags from the Public Works facility at 1800 Maxwell Road with proof of residency. 

The National Weather service warns people of possible hazardous travel conditions and urges members of the public to allow for extra time to reach their destination.

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