Cold, windy winter storm hits San Diego

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SAN DIEGO - A winter storm moved down the coast and into San Diego County Sunday bringing cold temperatures and damaging winds.

At mid-morning, a forecaster said the area was getting "the initial pre-frontal showers, before the cold front later this afternoon.'' National Weather Service Forecaster Tina Stall said"the wind is starting to pick up.''

Heavy winds and saturated grounds uprooted a 90 foot Torrey pine tree from in front of an Escondido home.

The tree luckily landed just feet away from a family car and 25 feet from a house.

"I went and got the paper. 10 minutes later, while reading the paper I hear a huge cracking thunderous sound," said Brett Drury. "

"We were just really blessed," said Dana Drury. "We're very fortunate that the winds didn’t push it the way it was leaning which would have come right in (our daughter's) room."

The Farmers Insurance Open professional golf tournament experienced delays due to the strong winds and occasional downpours.  PGA Tour officials postponed the final round of the tournament one day. It'll resume at 8 a.m. Monday.

Excess rain water caused flooding on local roads in Spring Valley and Mission Valley.

The National Weather Service issued a high wind warning for the mountains and deserts for the 24 hours through 6 p.m. tonight. Wind gusts could reach as high as 85 miles per hour in the mountains.

A high surf advisory was in effect until 10 p.m. for San Diego coastal areas, including strong rip currents and minor beach erosion expected from 8-foot wave sets.

Julian, Pine Valley and the Laguna Mountains should see snow, including the higher elevations of Interstate 8 east of Alpine, as the snow level could drop to the 3,000-foot elevation by Monday morning, forecasters said.

Up to an inch of rain was forecast for San Diego's coast and inland valley, as much as three inches in the mountains. Minor urban flooding is likely, according to the weather service.

The expected storm is keeping crews busy clearing out drainage areas.

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