WEB UPDATE: Rain expected again on Wednesday
SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Mostly sunny skies were expected in San Diego County on Monday, but more rain is likely by Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.
The storm expected to hit early Wednesday will be colder than previous storms, but should taper off by Wednesday evening, NWS meteorologist Jamie Moker said.
The storm is expected to drop another quarter-inch of precipitation, and a half-inch in the mountains, where snow will fall above 4,000 feet, he said.
Coastal winds of 10-20 mph, gusting up to 40 mph, are also in Wednesday’s forecast, Moker said.
Updated Thursday, Dec. 23
Public Works crews reported all roads open, traffic signals working and street sweeping under way on Thursday, after a powerful six-day storm dumped a total of 6.45 inches of rain on Poway through Wednesday night.
In addition to the cleanup efforts, officials anticipated another storm this weekend, which is expected on Sunday.
“We have some longer-term cleanup to complete, such as removing tree debris, but by end of the day
Friday, we will be prepared for the potential of another round of rain this weekend,” said Public Works D
irector Leah Browder. “We’re on alert, ready to report should the weekend storm require a large response.”
Lake Poway was opened on Friday, but officials are expected to keep monitoring water levels throughout the weekend.
According to forecaster Miguel Miller with the National Weather Service in Rancho Bernardo, the total of rain from the recent storm was close to half a year’s worth for Poway, with nearby Rancho Bernardo’s storm total at 6.33 inches.
Wednesday, Dec. 22
A powerful six-day storm which ended Wednesday night dumped record totals of rain, closed a few Powayroads, caused at least one downed power line and a mud slide on Poway Road toward Highway 67.
“On the plus side, we had no reports of trees down on public property, but we had at least five closed streets and a power outage to 3,000 homes,” said Director of Public Works Leah Browder.
The downed power lines were south of Twin Peaks and west of Midland roads. Power was restored at 10 a.m., except for two customers. The tree that toppled the lines and a transformer was cleared by workcrews on Thursday.
“This rain storm differs from last year’s storm in that it is longer in duration with steady rain throughout,” Browder said. “Last year’s storm was much shorter, much more intense with peaks reaching 100-year levels.”
The accumulated rain total for Rancho Bernardo was 6.33 inches, while Poway’s total was 6.45 inches as of Wednesday night, according to forecaster Miguel Miller with the National Weather Service in Rancho Bernardo.
Some of the flooding closed York Avenue, where five homes were flooded, sending residents and volunteers there and in other sections of Poway scrambling for city-provided sand and bags.
A call went out Wednesday morning for more volunteers to help fill sand bags at 12335 CrosthwaiteCircle in the Poway Business Park. For details about sand locations, call 858-668-4700. As of 2 p.m. Wednesday about 60 volunteers had filled 1,500 sandbags, according to Councilwoman Merrilee Boyack.
“We had boys to men, kids, a dear pregnant woman, ladies, you name it!,” Boyack wrote in an email. “The city staff was stunned and thrilled.”
Welton Lane, Golden Way and Sudan Road in the floodplain off Poway Road were flooded and floodingwas reported between Camino del Valle and the Avenida Granada hillside in north Poway.
Midland Road was closed between Norwalk and Aubrey for most of Wednesday, but reopened Thursday morning, Browder said.
If the storm continued into Wednesday night, city officials said water from Lake Poway could have flown over its spillway into the lake’s dam and traveled through creeks and Blue Sky Ecological Reserve’s creek beds to the Old Coach area off Espola Road.
As a precautionary measure, residents in Old Coach and surrounding areas, along with Maderas Golf Club, received notices about the possible runoff, which was “not likely to be significant,” according to legislative administrator Eric Heidemann.
Heidemann said the notices were delivered by public works, sheriff’s and community volunteers late Wednesday afternoon.
The rain, however, tapered off Wednesday night, resulting in Lake Poway not spilling, according to Pat Ryan, the city’s public works operations manager.
Blue Sky and other trails will remain closed during the weather-related conditions. The lake will also be closed Thursday, Dec. 23 due to the weather conditions. It will re-open Dec. 24 and be closed again Dec. 25 due to the holiday.
The public works after-hours phone number is 858-668-4751.
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