Storm Soaks San Diego, Snow Possible

San Diego was soaked by a powerful storm Thursday that may produce thunderstorms before moving east.

“It’s just a ball of energy and it’s moving very slowly,” said Whitney Southwick from the NBC 7 Weather Center.

Rain, heavy at times, will move on shore throughout the day with showers tapering off by late afternoon.

Residents in the South Bay may experience thunderstorms, Southwick said.

In Otay Mesa, one person had to be rescued just before 7 a.m. after a vehicle became stuck in approximately 2 feet of water near Airway and La Media Road.

The San Diego Police Department advised drivers of street flooding reported at the following locations:

  • Avenida del Rio at Camino De La Reina
  • Airway at La Media
  • La Media closed from Airway to Centurion
  • Rancho Mission Road at San Diego Mission Road
  • Fairmount Avenue at San Diego Mission Road
  • Mira Mesa Boulevard at Aderman Avenue

Boulders were reported in the road in Del Cerro just after 4:30 a.m. Five large rocks fell from a hill onto Bernadette Lane. No one was injured.

In Lakeside, a driver died when she lost control on rain-slicked roads and crashed along eastbound Interstate 8 just before midnight Thursday, California Highway Patrol officers said. The driver, described as a 23-year-old woman from San Diego, crashed into the guard rail and overturned just east of Los Coches Road. CHP officials say the woman was traveling at approximately 65 mph and was attempting to change lanes before the crash.

The storm won’t be bringing unusually cold temperatures. A second storm is expected to arrive Friday.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for Julian, Pine Valley and other mountain communities from Friday afternoon through late Saturday night.

Snow levels will be near the 7,000-foot level Friday evening and will drop to the 4,000-foot level or 5,000 level Saturday morning and even lower reaching possibly the 3,000-foot level by Saturday evening, according to NWS.