SAN DIEGO (NEWS 8/CNS) - Scattered showers are expected in San Diego County Friday following a powerful storm that brought record-setting rainfall, widespread flooding, mudslides and prompted school closures across the soaked region.
The intense rainfall set more than a half-dozen local precipitation records for the day, according to the NWS. The historic Feb. 14 tallies include 10.1 inches at Palomar Observatory (topping the prior milestone of 9.58 inches, set in 1991); 4.02 in Ramona (2.15, 1995); 3.75 in Campo (2.12, 1954); 3.01 in Vista (2.58, 1980); 2.94 in Alpine (2.6, 1995); 2.68 in Borrego (1.73, 1980); and 1.28 at Oceanside Harbor (1.03, 1980).
RECORD RAIN— NWS San Diego (@NWSSanDiego) February 15, 2019
A handful of sites broke their record daily rainfall totals for Valentine's Day. Palomar Observatory had their wettest day EVER on record with over 10 inches of rain...WOW ?? #CAwx #recordbreaking #castorm #RainyDay pic.twitter.com/u2DtAeNd9P
Among the highest two-day precipitation totals at 2 a.m. were 10.94 inches in the Palomar area; 10.52 at Birch Hill; 8.14 at Henshaw Dam; 7.64 at Lake Cuyamaca; 7.18 in Oak Grove; 7.07 in Julian; 6.97 at Pine Hills Fire Station; 6.78 on Volcan Mountain; 6.28 at Rainbow Camp; 6.25 on Mount Laguna; 5.95 in Descanso; 5.58 in Santa Ysabel; 5.28 in Fallbrook; 5.31 in Pine Valley; 5.11 in Skyline Ranch; 4.75 in Valley Center; 5.26 in Warner Springs; 4.54 on Mount Woodson; 4.24 at Lake Wohlford; 4.17 in Alpine; 4.10 in San Diego Country Estates; and 4.06 in Deer Springs.
Other 48-hour moisture tallies included 4 inches in Bonsall; 3.90 in San Felipe; 3.83 in Ramona; 3.62 in Harbison Canyon; 3.61 in Barona; 3.44 in Oceanside and Flinn Springs; 3.35 in Escondido; 2.93 in Poway; 2.88 in Santee; 2.87 in Granite Hills; 2.45 in Carlsbad; 2.30 in Rancho Bernardo; 2.29 in La Mesa; 2.25 in El Cajon; 2.24 in La Jolla; 2.17 in Lakeside; 2.14 in Encinitas; 2.08 in Kearny Mesa; 1.92 in Lemon Grove; 1.67 in Mission Valley; 1.66 in Solana Beach; 1.54 in Borrego Springs; 1.34 in San Ysidro; 1.30 in Agua Caliente; 1.28 in Del Mar; 1.27 in Chula Vista; 1.06 at Lindbergh Field; and 0.65 in Ocotillo Wells.
The schools were closed because the powerful storm led to "power outages, flooding, road closures, and dangerous travel conditions," county Office of Education spokeswoman Music Watson said.
The San Diego County Office of Education announced classes are canceled Friday in:
• Bonsall Unified School District
• Fallbrook Union Elementary School District
• Fallbrook Union High School District
• Julian Union High School District
• Julian Union School District
• Mountain Empire Unified School District
• Vallecitos School District
Classes are scheduled to resume Monday.
Additionally, campuses in the Pine Valley-area Mountain Empire Unified School District were slated to close an hour early due to flash flooding, and students at Santa Margarita and Stuart Mesa elementary schools on the grounds of Camp Pendleton were to be let out prior to their usual end of classes due to road closures and potential flooding.
A series of weak, low-pressure systems will bring periodic showers until Monday, with the best chance for rain Friday night and Sunday afternoon through Sunday night, according to the National Weather Service.
Coastal and inland-valley areas are expected to get up to two-tenths of an inch of rain today while the mountains are forecast to receive up to a half-inch of rainfall and less than one-tenth of an inch is expected in the county deserts, forecasters said.
Snow levels will likely drop to around 3,000 feet by Sunday, NWS meteorologists said.
A wind advisory remains in effect for the county mountains until 4 a.m. Saturday. A beach hazards statement advising of strong rip currents and waves that could reach 9 to 11 feet will last until Sunday afternoon.
The heavy rainfall prompted numerous rescue calls and resulted in at least one death.
A person who may have been trying to use a paddle board to ride or cross the fast-moving currents of a rain-swollen Escondido runoff channel was found dead in the culvert around 4 p.m. Thursday, authorities said.
SEE BELOW FOR FLOODING HAZARDS AND ROAD CLOSURES. DRIVE CAREFULLY ON THE WET ROADS. DO NOT DRIVE THROUGH FLOODED AREAS. DO NOT DRIVE AROUND BARRICADES. THANK YOU AND DRIVE SAFE pic.twitter.com/DQx49LKhSZ— San Diego Police Department (@SanDiegoPD) February 15, 2019
On Thursday afternoon a creek overflowed in Fallbrook near Hoof Haven Farms causing owners of the farm to scramble to evacuate nearly forty horses.
Mid Thursday morning San Diego Fire Department responded to a water rescue in Chollas View.
If needed, sandbags are available at the following recreation centers: Allied Gardens, City Heights, Golden Hill, Martin Luther King Jr., North Clairemont, Robb, Standley, San Ysidro and Scripps Ranch. For locations, visit the web site: local recreation centers. The limit is 10 bags per City of San Diego household or business, and sand is not provided.