Holiday Weather – Heavy rain and thunderstorms impact holiday travel in San Diego County

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A  storm heading to Southern California brought heavy rain and thunderstorms to San Diego County overnight, but probably won’t hit the city of San Diego until daybreak, the National Weather Service said. KUSI Meteorologist Francella Perez has your detailed forecast for the holidays in the video at the top of the page.

KUSI’s Allie Wagner was live at the San Diego International Airport where lines began forming outside as travelers began bracing for potential flight delays. She spoke to p people leaving San Diego, people arriving, and families picking up there loved ones.

At around 9:30 A.M., Allie saw one family picking up their loved one who arrived back from deployment and it was caught live on Good Morning San Diego.

The storm is the first of two Pacific storms that will hit Southern California this week. A colder cell arriving Christmas night and lasting through Thursday will see temperatures plummeting and rain levels increasing, weather officials said.

Monday will be mostly cloudy in San Diego County.

“Most substantial rain and mountain snow will occur through Monday, with another round Christmas night through Thursday,” a weather service report said.

Monday’s forecast calls for rainfall in the .5- to 1-inch range across the region.

Localized urban flooding is possible with the flash flood risk low, the NWS said.

Snow levels will be at 5,500 to 6,000 Monday, falling to 5,000 feet early Tuesday.

A winter weather advisory remains in effect for the San Bernardino County mountains above 5,000 feet. Snow amounts of 1 to 3 inches are forecast between 5,000 and 6,000 feet, and 8 to 12 inches above 7,000 feet.

Rainfall will end Friday with dry weather likely next weekend, according to forecasters. Another Pacific storm could arrive by New Year’s Eve.

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