A warming and drying trend was expected to begin Thursday in Santee and the rest of the county, a day after a chilly autumn storm sent temperatures plummeting while delivering off-and-on rainfall and gusty winds.
There were light showers in valley and mountain areas early Thursday, a total of 0.43 inches in Santee, and only a slight chance of showers this afternoon, a 20 percent chance in Santee, according to the National Weather Service. It will also be warmer in those areas, with a high of 68 in Santee Thursday rising to 73 on Friday, the agency said.
Santee NWS Forecast
- Thursday: Isolated showers before 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 68. West wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
- Thursday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 52. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming northeast after midnight.
- Friday: Sunny, with a high near 73. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming northwest in the morning.
- Friday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low around 54. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming north in the evening.
Along the coast, there was a slight chance of showers this morning and temperatures were expected to peak in the high 60s later today. It was also expected to be warmer in the deserts today, with highs in the mid-70s.
On Wednesday, the mountains and deserts were subject to a high wind warning for gusts of up to 65 miles per hour. This afternoon, wind gusts will top out around 30 mph in the mountains and 25 mph in the deserts, an NWS advisory said.
Rainfall totals from Wednesday's storm varied greatly throughout the county. The NWS said that 0.07 inches fell at Lindbergh Field; 0.27 in Kearny Mesa; 0.38 in Solana Beach; 0.29 in Escondido; 0.93 at Mount Woodson, which sits between Poway and Ramona; and 0.43 in Santee. In the mountains, there was 1.56 inches on Palomar Mountain and 1.95 at Lake Cuyamaca.
Wednesday's inclement weather wreaked havoc on local roadways. There were at least 318 crashes reported on the county's freeways and highways, according to the California Highway Patrol. The agency said there are 50 to 75 crashes reported on a good-weather day.
-City News Service