El Niño storms bring significant rain at the start of the year

North Coast Current

Encinitas and its coastal and inland neighbors experienced significant rainfall thanks to a series of El Niño related storms this week, according to National Weather Service figures.

The storms during the first week of 2016 caused considerable flooding through San Diego County and led to severe bluff erosion under Camino Del Mar in Del Mar that will result in longterm partial closure of the road for repairs, authorities said.

Preliminary Weather Service rainfall totals for the 72-hour period ending 8 p.m. Jan. 7:

Coastal communities:

  • Carlsbad: 2.95 inches
  • Del Mar: 1.65 inches
  • Encinitas: 2.78 inches
  • Oceanside: 3.05 inches

Solana Beach reported 1.14 inches in the past week, according to weather.com.

Inland communities:

  • Escondido: 3.24 inches
  • Fallbrook: 2.08 inches
  • Poway: 5.90 inches
  • San Marcos: 2.68 inches
  • Vista: 2.44 inches

The storms brought snow to local mountains, with Palomar receiving 7 inches, Laguna receiving 12 to 15 inches and Pine Valley receiving 1 inch, the Weather Service reported.

A high-surf warning remains in effect until 10 p.m. Jan. 8. The major rain has moved out of the area, although a lighter chance is expected by Jan. 9 through the following week, according to forecasters. High temperatures should be in the mid-50s to near 60 with evening lows in the 40s.