Rain, snow, big surf arrive in San Diego County

The leading edge of a North Pacific storm is spreading across San Diego County and was expected to drop between 0.25 inches and 0.50 inches of precipitation at and near the coast by noon on Sunday.

The National Weather Service says the system could drop twice as much rain across some inland foothills, valleys and mountains.

Light snow fell at Palomar and Mt. Laguna Saturday afternoon, then turned to rain. Forecasters say the precipitation will turn back to snow overnight.

Most of the rain will fall by noon on Sunday. Skies will then begin to clear, and Monday and Tuesday will be mostly fair.

The mountains will also experience strong winds, with gusts up to 40 mph.

A high surf advisory will be in effect for the entire San Diego County coastline from 9 p.m. Saturday to 2 a.m. on Monday. The weather service says waves in the 4-7 foot range, with sets up to 9 feet, are likely to hit south of Del Mar. The highest surf will occur on Sunday morning. There will be strong rip currents along the entire coastline.

Ocean temperatures are in the 59-61 degree range.

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