Chilly Winds and Frost Advisories in Store for SoCal, NWS San Diego Flags Weekend Weather Shift

Chilly Winds and Frost Advisories in Store for SoCal, NWS San Diego Flags Weekend Weather ShiftPhoto by shark ovski on Unsplash
Roma Chang
Published on February 10, 2024

SoCal residents might want to grab their warmest coats and windbreakers this weekend, according to the National Weather Service in San Diego, as a cooling trend sweeps through the region accompanied by gusty winds and even the chance for some frosty conditions in the inland valleys. The NWS Forecast Office San Diego, CA delivered the news on expected weekend weather, projecting Saturday highs ranging from the mid-30s in the mountains to the mid-60s in the lower deserts, whilst Sunday promises a slight mercury climb.

The NWS detailed these forecasts further—it’s curtains for rain this Saturday, and while the sun unbuttons the sky with more radiance, "expect peak wind gusts of 30-45 mph Saturday afternoon," notably for those traversing coastal slopes or threading through the Cajon Pass into the more inland Empire. On Saturday, offshore winds will flex their might early in the morning, a reminder of nature's off-script meddlings which imprints its influence on us without a moment's notice.

But it's not just the wind that's prompting advisories; the NWS has issued frost warnings for the valleys and locally in the low desert for tonight into Sunday morning, where temperatures could dip into the low to mid-30s—a chilly prospect for local growers and residents alike. "Areas of frost are possible in the valleys, locally in the low desert tonight into Sunday morning," the NWS area forecast discussion alerts.

Looking ahead, the weather service sees a warm-up on the horizon with "high temperatures warming to near average by the middle of next week"; the local weather pattern is governed by a ridge of high pressure that will mark most of the upcoming week's climate mood-board. Despite the frigid weekend interlude, the skies will give way to clearer weather, though by next weekend, whispers of a "deep trough of low pressure" might unsettle the respite, with ensemble models forecasting a 65-75 percent chance of precipitation come the following Saturday and Sunday confirming our ever-changing dance with the elements.