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First major fall storm expected in San Diego County

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The first significant rainstorm of the season in Southern California could produce light rain throughout San Diego County Wednesday night before periods of heavier rainfall Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.

San Diego is expected to receive around one-tenth of an inch of rain Wednesday night and up to seven-tenths of an inch of rain Thursday, according to the NWS.

Oceanside is forecast to see up to three-quarters of an inch of rain through Friday and Escondido could get up to 1.4 inches of rainfall.

Watch video below of Chopper 8 capturing a tractor shoring up the beach area in front of the Marine Room in La Jolla.

The storm, packing 30 mph winds, will spread southeast into Southern California this afternoon and the heaviest rainfall is expected late Thursday morning into Thursday night, according to the NWS.

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High surf and strong rip currents prompted the NWS to issue a high surf advisory that remains in effect until 8 p.m. Saturday.

Surf levels of 6-10 feet, with sets around 12 feet, are expected to peak Thursday into Friday morning with minor coastal flooding through Saturday, forecasters said. The forecast of high surf has caused authorities to close the Ocean Beach pier as a precaution.

Snow levels will drop to about 7,000 feet as the system unwinds Thursday. High temperatures today are expected to reach 67 degrees at the beaches and inland, 70 in the western valleys, 65 near the foothills, 67 in the mountains and 78 in the deserts.

A weaker storm system is predicted to sweep into the region on Saturday.

SeaWorld San Diego issued a statement Wednesday night saying the park would be closed Thursday due to the "inclement weather" forecasted. 


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