King tides, heavy winds to hit San Diego

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SAN DIEGO - An approaching cold front is expected to bring wintry weather, rain and gusty wind to parts of San Diego County Tuesday as high tides drench the coastline and possibly flood low-lying areas.

A National Weather Service wind advisory for the mountains and deserts is set to take effect at 7 p.m. Tuesday and extend until 10 p.m. Wednesday.

West winds of 20 to 30 miles per hour are expected throughout the advisory period along with gusts that may reach 60 mph in some areas.
Forecasters warned that the winds could wreak havoc on some roadways, including stretches of Interstate 8, and blowing dust might lead to visibility being lowered to a mile or less.

Up to three-tenths of an inch of rain was also in the forecast for parts of the county this evening. In the mountains, highs from 60 to 66 degrees are expected to drop into the 32- to 40-degree range tonight. Light snow could accumulate in some areas Wednesday.

Along the coast, king tides -- the highest astronomical tides of the year -- will create the potential for minor flooding through Friday. A coastal flood advisory is set to remain in effect from 4 a.m. Tuesday until noon Friday.

The peak hazards will occur Wednesday, when intensified westerly winds will compound the turbulent conditions, according to the weather service.

Locales especially susceptible to flooding include Imperial Beach, South Mission Beach, La Jolla Shores, Cardiff-by-the-Sea and beaches in Oceanside. Beach parking lots and adjacent streets and structures could be affected.

Following are the expected high tides over the remainder of the workweek: Tuesday, 7.4 feet at 7:12 a.m.; Wednesday, 7.6 feet at 7:51 a.m.;
Thursday, 7.5 feet at 8:31 a.m.; and Friday, 7.3 feet at 9:12 a.m.

Strong rip currents are also expected, according to the NWS.

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