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Storm expected to hit San Diego, but should clear quickly

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Moderate to heavy rain is expected, and thunderstorms are possible, in already-soggy San Diego County overnight, National Weather Service meteorologists predicted.

An approaching winter storm is expected to be a short-lived event, starting about 10 p.m. and ending at about 4 a.m. Mountain areas will be hardest-hit, with an expected half to an inch of rain.

Coastal areas will see a quarter to a half inch of rain, and East County deserts will get just a tenth of an inch of rain, meteorologist Jamie Moker said.

Wind gusts will increase from sustained winds of 20-35 mph to 50 mph gusts overnight, he said.

Moker warned that the storm will cause rapid runoff during heavy rain.

Already-soaked low areas can expect more water and debris flow.

Snow levels in the mountains be 5,500 feet, meaning Palomar Mountain is the only San Diego County peak that can be expected to see any accumulation of frozen precipitation.

By 10 a.m. Sunday, coastal areas will see a few lingering clouds, Moker said. County mountains will see light sprinkles extending into Sunday afternoon.

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