El Niño storms expected to bring rain to San Diego

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SAN DIEGO – A pair of El Niño-driven storms are expected to bring rain and snow to San Diego County Sunday and Monday, FOX 5 weathercaster Victoria Johnson said.

The storms are expected to drop from 1 to 2 inches of rain on coastal areas and drench mountain areas with as much as 3 inches of precipitation, Johnson said. The second storm could blanket the higher mountains in East County with up to 8 inches of snow. Palomar Mountain could get as much 12 inches of snow, Johnson said.

Coastal areas of the county may get a little drizzle as early as Saturday, but that will be from heavy marine layer, Johnson said. The first storm is not expected to hit San Diego until Sunday, she said. It could bring light rain Sunday morning through the afternoon, but it won't pack the high winds that blew down so many trees in late January, she said.

A second storm is expected to bring more rain on Monday morning. It will be colder than the Sunday storm, Johnson said.

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