Blustery storm drops hail, rain and snow

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SAN DIEGO — An end-of-autumn storm drenched and dusted the San Diego area with modest amounts of rainfall, hail and mountain snow Thursday.

The blustery system out of the northwest dropped anywhere from a few hundredths of a inch to roughly three-quarters of an inch of moisture across the county, according to the National Weather Service.

  1. Young girl scoops up hailOver a 24-hour period ending at 5:20 p.m., the dark clouds delivered 0.87 of an inch of precipitation on Mount Woodson; 0.76 on Otay Mountain; 0.72 in Pine Hills; 0.71 in Ramona; 0.63 in Julian; 0.61 in Barona; 0.58 in Santa Ysabel; 0.54 in Poway; and 0.5 in the Granite Hills area of El Cajon.

A total of 0.43 of an inch of came down in Flinn Springs; 0.4 in La Mesa; 0.32 in Santee; 0.25 at Lindbergh Field and in Oceanside; 0.21 in San Marcos; 0.2 in Harbison Canyon; 0.15 in San Ysidro;  0.12 in Carlsbad; 0.1 on Mount Laguna; and 0.03 in Rancho Bernardo.

By early evening, snow had fallen in East County locales as low as 4,500 feet, with most of those areas getting up to several inches of frozen white flakes, according to the county Department of Public Works.

The showers will dwindle overnight Thursday, moving out of the coast and valleys and into the mountain areas Friday morning before petering out altogether, the NWS predicted.

Dry conditions and gradual warming are expected to begin Saturday, the first day of winter.

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