First winter storm of the season causes problems across the county

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The first storm of this year’s rainy season moved into the San Diego area Tuesday, bringing significant showers along with scattered thunder and lightning.

The atmospheric collision of one low-pressure system out of the south and another, colder one making its way along the coast from the north brought widespread precipitation across the county by late afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

The wet and unsettled conditions will continue through Thursday night, with the heaviest rainfall expected to fall Wednesday, meteorologists said.

Due to the expected intensity of some of the downpours, the NWS this afternoon issued a flash-flood watch, effective through late Wednesday night in the local mountains, valleys and coastal areas.

Father Joe’s Villages and Connections Housing were gearing up to accommodate more than 160 additional homeless residents needing shelter Tuesday evening in response to heavy rain around the county, according to the San Diego Housing Commission.

The commission activates its Inclement Weather Shelter Program when temperatures drop below 50 degrees and the chance of rain is higher than 40%, the temperature falls below 45 degrees regardless of the chance of rain or sustained high winds are predicted.

The program is funded through a partnership between the commission, the city of San Diego, Father Joe’s and Connections Housing.

Father Joe’s can shelter an additional 134 residents throughout the night, while Connections Housing and People Assisting the Homeless can add up to 30 residents. Check-in at Father Joe’s begins at 4 p.m. and residents are expected to check out by 5 the next morning. Check-in at Connections Housing runs from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. and residents are expected to check out by 7 the following morning.

Those at both shelters will have meals provided to them.

Residents can dial 211 or visit to find out more about the county’s Inclement Weather Shelter Program.

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