Storm douses county

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SAN DIEGO — A temperate winter storm brought widespread rainfall to the San Diego area Friday, ushering in a spate of cloudy skies and wet conditions expected to last through the weekend.

RainThe low-pressure system out of the eastern Pacific pulled moist subtropical air into Southern California, resulting in showers that began late Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.

Up to an inch of precipitation likely will fall throughout the county through Friday night ahead of cooler temperatures and more scattered cloudbursts continuing into early Monday, meteorologists predicted.

By late Friday morning, most areas had gotten anywhere from a few tenths of an inch of moisture to nearly a half-inch. The highest amount was recorded on Otay Mountain, where 0.61 of an inch accumulated over a 12-hour period ending about 11:30 a.m., the weather service reported. Rainfall totals in other areas included:

  • 0.19 inches in Oceanside
  • 0.28 inches in Escondido
  • 0.26 inches in ramona
  • 0.16 inches in Santee
  • 0.34 inches in Julian
  • 0.52 inches on Mount Laguna
  • 0.27 inches at Lindbergh Field
  • 0.24 inches in La Mesa
  • 0.40 inches in Bonita.

The downpours, meanwhile, led to some typical rainy-day problems on the region’s wet roadways. Between midnight and 10 a.m., the California Highway Patrol logged 119 crashes. By comparison, the CHP generally responds to 50-75 accidents on local freeways and rural roads over an entire day of fair weather.

The unsettled atmospheric system also could let loose with up to several inches of snow above the 4,500-foot level Sunday and early Monday, NWS forecaster Mike Watkins said.

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