Rain to taper off by evening

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SAN DIEGO — Scattered showers continued to fall around San Diego County early Tuesday but were expected to taper off in the afternoon, meteorologists said.

Man walking on rainy dayA cold low-pressure system from the north doused the county Monday and brought strong winds to the mountains and deserts, according to the National Weather Service. A high-wind warning for mountain and desert locales remained in effect until 8 a.m.

For the 24 hours ending at 7 a.m. Tuesday, rain totals ranged from barely measurable in San Ysidro to 0.64 inches on Palomar Mountain, according to the Nation Weather Service. Rainfall reported in other areas included:

  • Oceanside: 0.16 inches,
  • Escondido: 0.44 inches,
  • Ramona: 0.45 inches,
  • Rancho Bernardo: 0.56 inches,
  • Poway: 0.35 inches,
  • Kearny Mesa: 0.08 inches,
  • Santee: 0.23 inches,
  • Fashion Valley: 0.22 inches,
  • La Mesa: 0.16 inches,
  • Bonita: 0.27 inches.

Monday’s rainfall wrecked havoc on local roadways. According to the California Highway Patrol, there were 191 accidents from 12:01 a.m. to 9:15 p.m. Monday and more than half of those occurred between 6 a.m. and noon. On a normal “good weather” day, the CHP handles an average of 50 to 75 crashes.

A high-pressure zone was expected to begin building in the area Wednesday, bringing higher temperatures that will prevail into the weekend, according to the NWS.