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Winter storm slams San Diego causing downed trees, flooded roads, and hazardous conditions

San Diegans brace for impact and shelter in place as an atmospheric river slams San Diego with torrential rain and heavy winds.

SAN DIEGO — San Diego County is being hit with another round of storm systems

The first storm slammed down on San Diego Saturday afternoon and continued through the weekend.

During a downpour of rain Saturday evening, emergency crews rescued a driver from an SUV that drove over a cliff in La Jolla

When first responders arrived on the scene, they discovered a white Cadillac Escalade on the rocks of La Jolla Cove, partially hanging over the ocean waves, with at least one person needing to be rescued from the SUV. 

Several ropes were attached to the SUV's rear, stabilizing the vehicle so crews could extricate the man from the car. 

Hazards will include strong gusty winds up to 50 to 70 mph Saturday through Tuesday.

There will be potential for snow in our local mountains, with snow dropping from 6,500 feet Saturday. It will drop a little more on Tuesday near 4,500 feet, with another storm system expected. That second storm will keep our rain chances up through Tuesday morning.

Weather Alerts  

Interactive Radar Map | Follow the rain as it moves into San Diego County 

Winter storm watch | San Diego County mountains:

10:00 PM on Sunday, Jan. 15 - 4:00 AM on Tuesday, Jan. 17

For the latest information on the forecast and the weather watches/advisories, download the CBS 8 app.

Storm Preparedness & Resource Information 

  • The Get it Done app can help you report blocked storm drains, potholes, and broken streetlights 

  • Sign up for Alert San Diego notifications for all your telephone numbers 

  • Report flooding to the City's emergency dispatch center at 619-527-7500 

  • Report downed electrical lines or gas emergencies to San Diego Gas & Electric at 800-411-7343 

  • ReadySanDiego.org has information on how to protect yourself and your property during a flooding situation 

For more information on preparing for a storm and what to do during and after the rain, click here to be taken to the City of San Diego’s Storm Preparedness website. 

WATCH RELATED: NOAA predicts California storm could cost $1B (Jan. 2023).

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