A 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.