SAN DIEGO (AP/CNS) — The rains and snows that socked California for a week have eased for now but another storm is on its way.
The National Weather Service said Monday that temperatures have risen slightly across Los Angeles and San Diego counties and showers have eased in the San Francisco Bay area.
A fast-moving storm approaching from the Pacific Northwest is predicted to move into California by Tuesday and is expected to bring rains on Wednesday morning.
The storm will be colder than previous ones, but should taper off by Wednesday evening, NWS meteorologist Jamie Moker said.
In San Diego County the storm is expected to drop another quarter-inch of precipitation, and a half-inch in local 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.
A state of emergency was declared in 11 counties, including Los Angeles, Orange and Santa Barbara.
Last week's rain caused washed-out railroad tracks, flooding in Mission Valley, a saturated Qualcomm Stadium and flooding along the Santa Margarita River in North County, which led to acting Gov. Abel Maldonado declaring an emergency in San Diego County on Christmas Eve.
There have been two deaths in California resulting from cars plunging into waterways and several other storm-related traffic fatalities.
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