Another Atmospheric River is Heading for San Diego
Just over a week after a storm brought damaging rains to San Diego, another atmospheric river is heading for the city.
The atmospheric river storm could bring another inch of rain to some portions of San Diego starting on Wednesday night. Although the storm could bring wet conditions Wednesday through Friday, the bulk of the rain is expected to hit Thursday.
Although weather forecasters are expecting the bulk of the storm to arrive on Thursday — with a chance for both rain and thunderstorms — the timing could still change, according to NBC 7 San Diego.
There is currently at 70% to 85% chance of at least one inch of rain for the coastal areas, valleys and mountains in San Diego County on Thursday through Sunday. However, the National Weather Service pointed out that there is still uncertainty in the exact amounts.
Although the coming weekend is expected to be dry, another storm could arrive in the area the following week.
The new atmospheric river will hit San Diego about one week after a historic “1,000-year storm” brought extensive flooding to many areas of the county. Torrential rains fell across the area in just a few hours in some parts of San Diego County, including up to 4.5 inches in Point Loma.
Although San Diego weather in January can be rainy, the storm hit many communities that were ill-prepared for the precipitation because of mismanaged storm systems.
If the upcoming atmospheric river in San Diego hits the region hard enough, it could also provide additional localized flooding or flash flooding in specific regions.
Residents are encouraged to prepare for the storm now and look into where to get free sandbags from city officials.
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