New storm to hit San Diego County late Friday

San Diego County will get hit by the second storm of the week late Friday. But it will be weaker than Tuesday’s system and will do little to reduce the growing deficit in seasonal rainfall.

The National Weather Service says the system is likely to drop about a half-inch of rain at the coast and twice as much across inland valleys and foothills by the time it moves east late Saturday.

The system also could bring snow. But the storm is warmer, so the snow level will be at about 6,000 feet. Tuesday’s storm dropped snow all the way down to about 3,000 feet.

Some areas of the county — including Mount Laguna and Julian — received 5 to 7 inches of snow on Tuesday.

The county is in need of rain. Since the rainy season began on October 1st, San Diego International Airport has recorded 2.23 inches of precipitation, which is about five inches below average.

So-called “March Miracle” storms are always possible. But huge systems aren’t expected during the first few days of March.

Forecasters say that San Diego will stay unseasonably cool at least into Sunday. But temperatures will climb back into the low 70s next week. San Diego has been cold since Feb. 19th, making this the longest period of cold weather since late 2014 and early 2015.

“The cold has been a shock to the system because we had so much mild weather before it,” said Brandt Maxwell, a weather system forecaster. “We were spoiled.”

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