San Diego prepares for storms and city offers free sandbags

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The first rain storms of the season are expected to move into the region Tuesday, bringing significant rainfall throughout San Diego County along with the possibility of snow in the mountains.

A low pressure system to the south will make its way north and meet a colder, low pressure system that is making its way down the coast, National Weather Service meteorologist Miguel Miller said.

These conditions are expected to produce rain starting Tuesday evening and continuing through Thursday night, with the heaviest rainfall expected on Wednesday, Miller said.

The NWS issued a flash flood warning that will be in effect from this evening through late Wednesday night in the county mountains, valleys and coastal areas.

Rainfall amounts through Thursday night are expected to be around 2 inches in the mountains, between 1 and 1.5 inches in the inland valleys, around 1 inch near the coast and less than a quarter-inch in the deserts, according to the NWS.

Snow levels will drop to 6,000 feet by Wednesday evening, with several inches of snow expected by late Thursday, Miller said.

Temperatures are expected to remain about 5-10 degrees above average Tuesday before dropping to 15-20 degrees below average on Wednesday, he said.

High temperatures Tuesday are expected to reach 76 degrees near the coast and inland, 81 in the western valleys, 74 in the mountains and 81 in the deserts.

Another storm system could bring precipitation on Friday, but those showers are expected to light and isolated, Miller said.

With rain in the forecast this week, the City of San Diego is making storm preparations and reminds city residents that free sandbags are available at one centrally located recreation center in each City Council District.

For more information and resources on how to prepare before the rains and what to do during and after the rains, please visit the City’s Storm Preparedness page.

Sandbags are in limited supply. Residents with identification showing proof of residency can receive up to 10 empty sandbags. Sandbags are available anytime between 1 and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday; and from noon to 2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.

The city says sandbags are available at the following locations:


Council District 1

Standley Recreation Center

3585 Governor Drive, San Diego 92122

Council District 6

North Clairemont Recreation Center

4421 Bannock Ave., San Diego 92117

Council District 2

Robb Athletic Field

2525 Bacon St., San Diego 92107

Council District 7

Allied Gardens Recreation Center

5155 Greenbrier Ave., San Diego 92120

Council District 3

Golden Hill Recreation Center

2600 Golf Course Drive, San Diego 92102

Council District 8

San Ysidro Community Activity Center

179 Diza Road, San Diego 92173

Council District 4

Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center

6401 Skyline Drive, San Diego 92114

Council District 9

City Heights Recreation Center

4380 Landis St., San Diego 92105

Council District 5

Scripps Ranch Recreation Center

11454 Blue Cypress Drive, San Diego 92131

Categories: Local San Diego News