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Alaska Storm to Bring Wet, Cool Weather

Times Staff Writer

Rain is expected this weekend as an Alaskan storm moves into San Diego County, bringing cooler temperatures and a chance of snow in the mountains.

According to the National Weather Service, partly cloudy skies today will be the first sign of the approaching storm that is expected to hit Saturday.

“Showers will be developing Saturday and continuing Sunday and Monday as the storm intensifies,” forecaster Wilbur Shigehara said.

Daytime high temperatures, normally about 67 degrees at Lindbergh Field, will drop about four to five degrees along the coast and as much as 10 degrees below normal inland during the stormy weather.

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“A wintry type pattern will be developing. I think by late Sunday the snow level may come down to 4,000 feet,” Shigehara said.

He said rain will “come and go” with moderate to heavy showers. About 0.75 of an inch of rain is predicted along the coast, with as much as 1.50 inches in the mountains. The April average is 1.74 inches.

Gusty winds up to 25 m.p.h. may make boating hazardous. “Boaters ought to be safety conscious. Seas will be choppy,” Shigehara said.

Forecasters did not predict high surf, but winds in the mountains may prompt a travelers advisory.

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Coastal temperatures today of up to 70 are expected to drop to the low 60s over the weekend. Lows should continue to be in the 50s.

Inland valley highs up to 77 today should fall to the 60s by Saturday with lows from 45 to 53.

Mountain highs from 48 to 58 today will fall slightly on Saturday, and lows will be in the 30s. Winds will blow from the south to southwest from 15 to 25 m.p.h.


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