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Stormy Weather on Way for Weekend

TIMES STAFF WRITER

A powerful storm from the north is expected to bring 10-foot surf, an inch of rain and strong winds to San Diego this weekend.

The Alaskan storm also may bring snow to mountain elevations above 6,000 feet and dump as much as 3 inches of rain at lower levels, the National Weather Service said.

The slow-moving storm from the Gulf of Alaska will announce its arrival today, with dark clouds and cooler temperatures. The rain should begin Saturday morning between 7 a.m. and noon, and continue intermittently through Sunday night, forecaster Wilbur Shigehara said.

Winds of up to 25 m.p.h. will begin Friday and last through the weekend, Shigehara said. Seven- to 10-foot waves will pound the coast, which is expected to receive two-thirds of an inch of rain this weekend. Up to 1 1/2 inches of rain is expected inland.

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“There may be some coastal erosion this weekend. The Mission Beach boardwalk and seaside restaurants will see some surf up close,” Shigehara said.

Today’s high temperature on the coastal strip will be 68 degrees, with a low temperature of 53 degrees. As the storm moves in, the high temperature will drop to 64 degrees, and the low will dip to 50 degrees.

Inland highs are due to reach 70 degrees, with a low of 50 degrees. Saturday and Sunday, the high will be 65, dropping to a low in the 40s, the weather service said.

The mountains will have a high temperature of 54 today, with a low of 40, Shigehara said. The highs will only be 40 Saturday and Sunday, and the lows will be in the upper 20s, he said.

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The highs in the deserts today are expected to be in the 70s, the lows in the 60s. The high Saturday and Sunday in the deserts will be 50 degrees, with a low in the 40s, Shigehara said.

The water temperature at the beaches will be 57 this weekend, Shigehara said.


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