First of three back-to-back storms moves into San Diego County

The first of three moderate rain storms spread out across San Diego County Saturday, where it dropped up to a half-inch of rain at the coast, according to the National Weather Service.

As of 4 p.m., the fairly warm system from the central Pacific had soaked Solana Beach with 0.52 inches, Fallbrook with 0.72 inches and Palomar Mountain with 1.48 inches. Other areas saw much less precipitation, such as the San Diego International Airport with only 0.17 inches.

A wind advisory is in effect until midnight in the mountains.

Forecasters say isolated showers could last into Sunday.

A second storm will blow through the county on Tuesday and Wednesday, dropping between one-third and two-thirds of an inch of rain west of the mountains, and roughly twice that amount in the mountains.

That system will be followed by a third storm on Friday and Saturday. Forecasters aren’t yet sure how much rain it will produce.

“We’re in a pattern that will bring us rain over the next week to 10 days,” said Phil Gonsalves, a weather service forecaster.

“Some of it will percolate into the soil. But the water table is getting higher because of all the rain we’ve had, so there will be lots of runoff.”

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