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Warmer weather coming to Southern California as storm exits

March 19, 2012 |  9:54 am

 The weekend storm is gone and temperatures will warm up as the week progresses, the National Weather Service said Monday.

Residents can expect rain and snow to stop if it hasn’t already, and skies should be clear until at least Friday, said NWS weather specialist Stuart Seto. Monday will see highs of 60 downtown; temperatures are expected to spike to 68 on Tuesday and remain in the upper 60s the rest of the week.   

“We should have some high pressure coming in,” Seto said. “Today it will warm up about four to five degrees from yesterday. The center of the storm has passed us.”

But Seto said that another, weaker storm could arrive by Friday and bring a 20% chance of rain on Saturday night into Sunday. He called the storm “iffy” and said if it rains, it likely will only sprinkle.

Still, Interstate 8 in eastern San Diego County remained closed Monday morning by the CHP because of bad weather conditions from the weekend. The closed segment is about six miles east of Alpine. 


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Photo: A bicyclist goes for a ride in Long Beach. Warm weather is expected until Friday. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times