First storm of season expected to bring rain to Southern California starting Sunday evening
As the sun rises Sunday in San Diego, forecasters predict storms will roll in from far away.
From the Pacific Ocean to the inland Delta, the first significant storm of the season is expected to hit Southern California late Sunday evening.
It’s the first significant storm of the season, but it comes at the end of a busy season.
The National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center in Oxnard said a storm could start weakening by Sunday, with a second storm being much weaker after that.
Forecast models from the Storm Prediction Center show an increase in the likelihood of a storm moving up the West Coast today and Saturday along with a slight increase in likelihood of storms coming out of the southwest and southern California.
The forecast is one of the strongest forecasts of a storm for Southern California this year. The same model also shows the storm making landfall in Southern California on Sunday afternoon.
This forecast comes just hours after forecasters said that the first storm of the season, which is expected to arrive in Southern California around midnight Monday, could come at the end of a busy storm season, the final storm of the season according to the NWS forecast. It could bring 4 to 6 inches of rain within 24 hours.
The San Diego City Council has also been preparing this storm for three weeks. The city passed an emergency ordinance last Monday that will bring the first storm of the year to life in stages and then will eventually come to life throughout the city with the help of the Department of Water and Power.
“It’s important that we get ahead of the storm,” said City Council President Annabelle Moore. “We’re going to be working with the city utilities to help them meet their obligations so it doesn’t become chaos.”
Mayor Kevin Faulconer is also optimistic that this storm can keep the city safe.
“I’m really hopeful that the city of San Diego will be prepared and that we will be on top of that, ready to respond,” he said.
The Weather Service forecast an increase