High winds, rain expected for San Diego coast and mountains

Phillip Molnar

San Diego County was bracing for a winter storm Saturday with high winds, rain and snow in the mountains expected to start later that evening.

High winds were expected — 15 to 30 mph and wind gusts up to 40 mph — at the coast, starting around 7 p.m., said the National Weather Service. The entire region was under a high-wind advisory, with valley and mountain areas also expected to be hit with wind gusts up to 50 mph brought by a low-pressure system heading south.

The latest forecast called for light rain, about 0.1 inch in coastal areas and up to 0.3 inches in valley and mountain areas, Mark Moede, a weather service forecaster, said Saturday afternoon. Snow was possible in the mountains, with precipitation ending around 10 a.m. Sunday.

The city and its Housing Commission had set up inclement weather shelters for the homeless at several locations downtown, including Father Joe’s Villages, Living Water Church of the Nazarene and San Diego Rescue Mission (woman only).

Moede said the winds were strong enough to cause damage to trees, particularly parts of palm trees that often fly off in storms.

“It will be a blustery, cool day,” he said of Sunday.

The National Weather Service said frost was possible overnight with lows in the 30s in lowlands and into 20s in the mountains. It’ll be warmer near the coast, in the low 50s.

All of San Diego County was under the wind advisory set to last until 7 p.m. Sunday.

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Downtown San Diego shelters

Joan Kroc Center – up to 61 adult individuals and an additional 11 beds for families with minor children and/or single women

Check-In: 4 p.m. – Throughout the night until full
Check-Out: 5 a.m.

1501 Imperial Ave

Paul Mirabile Center – up to 62 adult individuals

Check-In: 4 p.m. – Throughout the night until full
Check-Out: 5 a.m.

1501 Imperial Ave

Living Water Church of the Nazarene – up to 28 adult individuals

Check-In: 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. or until full
Check-Out: 6:30 a.m.

1550 Market Street

San Diego Rescue Mission – up to 10 single women able to access the top bunks

Check-In: 5 p.m. – Throughout the night until full
Check-Out: 7 a.m.

120 Elm Street

Phillip Molnar www.sandiegouniontribune.com

2024-01-07 01:39:31 , Oceanside

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