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Notice: Weather Alert

Pala Environmental Department PED PBMI Notice

NOTICE – Weather Alert for 2/13 to 2/14 and 2/16 to 2/17.


PALA, CA – Pala will be impacted by a storm that will bring high levels of rain from Wednesday to Thursday afternoon.


The heaviest precipitation will be from Wednesday (2/13) night until Thursday (2/14) afternoon, with Pala and surrounding areas expecting to receive up to 3 inches of rain. We will see heavy runoff, including high flow and potential flooding in the San Luis Rey River, Pala Creek, and other streams throughout the area. This is a warm, wet storm that will also bring gusty winds that could blow down trees and branches. Rain and wind will diminish through Friday.


On Saturday (2/16) and Sunday (2/17), we expect another weather system to bring colder temperatures and some rain. Although this second storm will be much lighter, the ground will already be saturated, which means there could still be runoff and flooding. Please take precautions to protect yourself and your property from flooding and wind hazards.


The Pala Fire Department has sandbags available for community members (maximum of 10 per household).

Pala Fire Department
34884 Lilac Extension Road
Pala, CA 92059


Do not attempt to cross running water with your vehicle. Stay indoors and away from trees. Bring pets indoors or make sure they have a dry, secure shelter away from flood-prone areas.

Pala Band of Mission Indians NOAA NWS Weather Alert


Upcoming Atmospheric River (aka, pineapple express)

  • This upcoming storm will be: very warm, very wet & will be hitting mostly Central/Southern California (including us)
  • The heaviest precipitation will be Wednesday night – Thursday afternoon
  • Our total precipitation will be:
    • Pala Area (valleys/coast) = 1-3”
    • Palomar Mountain (coastal slopes) = 3-8” (plus snow will be melting)(probably on the high end of precip levels)
  • Flooding impacts will occur by Thursday
    • A long period of light-moderate rainfall, which will steadily add up & cause flooding/run-off
    • This storm WILL CERTAINLY BRING flooding to our creeks/rivers & other low-areas
    • Rivers will rise at least 2-3 feet – including San Luis Rey River


  • Rain will be developing all day (no breaks), getting heavier by Wednesday night
  • Snow levels will be very high (8000-9000’) meaning snow melt/run-off is VERY LIKELY
  • Rain will be like a hose hitting our coastal slopes (any mountains facing south/west – aka, facing the ocean)


  • Rain – all day; heaviest in the morning through afternoon
  • Snow level ~ 9000’


  • Lighter showers continuing all through Friday.
  • Remember, long periods of light/moderate rain can add up steadily & cause flooding impacts

Late Saturday night – Sunday morning – this will be another cold front like last weekend

  • Cold front; some bands of rain, but overall pretty light; snow levels will drop to around 5000’

Potential Impacts:

  • Very warm rain event & high snows = most of our snow will melt & increase the runoff
  • Rivers & creeks (including the San Luis Rey River) will FLOW (more than it has in over a year)
  • Palomar Mountain Creeks will FLOW (this will increase our run-off here at Pala)
  • Gusty winds may cause pines/eucalyptus trees/branches to fall

Meaning of Weather Advisories:

  • WARNING = urgent news – please read & make sure you are safe
  • WATCH = this is a potential for your area; continue to watch the news
  • ADVISORY = this is just a general update for impacts to the entire region

For more information contact the Pala Environment Department:
760-891-3510 | |