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East County News Service

December 9, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) - A Pacific storm is predicted to bring more rain and cooler temperatures late this week. The National Weather Service is forecasting up to three inches of rain in mountains, with lower levels in valleys, deserts and coastal areas.  In addition, winds up to 50 miles an hour are expected, along with up to several inches of snow at elevations over 5,500 feet.

Be careful on rain-slicked highways and carry chains if you must drive in higher mountain areas such as Mount Laguna or Mount Palomar. Flooding may occur particularly in areas burned by recent fires.

In coastal areas, high surf with swells up to 10 feet could reach San Diego shores Friday and Saturday.  That’s high enough to top sea walls and jetties, so use caution in those areas.  It could also bring strong rip currents, rough seas for small boats, and produce minor flooding in coastal areas.

Surf was also expected to build from 4-7 feet to 7-10 feet this week as increasingly larger west-northwest swells hit the San Diego County coastline. Sets of up to 14 feet could be possible Friday through early Saturday, according to the NWS.

Weather service forecasters said the waves could be high enough to top jetties and sea walls, and produce minor flooding in low-lying beach areas. Strong rip currents will also be likely. Rough seas for small watercraft could also be possible, forecasters warn.

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