It’s going to be a wet and wild Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend across San Diego County where back-to-back storms will deliver slashing rain, thunderous surf and winds up to 75 mph in the mountains, the National Weather Service said.

The first system will begin spreading rain early Saturday afternoon in the Oceanside and Carlsbad areas, then fan out to Escondido, Ramona and Palomar Mountain, followed by a shift into San Diego, El Cajon and Alpine.

The heaviest rain will occur late Saturday and early Sunday before tapering off. Many areas of North County will get from 0.75 inches to 1.5 inches of rain while cities farther south, including San Diego, will get about a half-inch, forecasters said. Palomar Mountain and Julian could get 2.5 inches to 3 inches.

Snow will begin falling in the upper San Bernardino and Riverside County mountains on Sunday. The highest spots could get a foot or more of snow. The San Diego mountains will get a few inches at the 5,500 foot level. A winter weather warning is in effect for the mountains.

The second storm will move ashore before dawn on Monday and drop from 0.75 inches to one inch of rain in North County and a similar but smaller amount in South County.

Forecasters said the wind will blow 50 mph to 75 mph Sunday into Monday in the mountains, especially where they dip east into the deserts.

The county also will get hit by monster surf for the second time in roughly a week. A swell out of the west-northwest moved ashore on Friday with 5 foot to 10 foot waves, with sets to 12 feet, at such spots as La Jolla Cove, near Children’s Pier, and at Mission Beach. The waves could peak at 15 feet at those spots on Saturday.



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