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Fast-Moving Storm Blows Through San Diego County

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Authorities said there were more accidents on San Diego County roadways than on a normal Sunday due to the heavy rain and strong winds that blew through the area.

The precipitation began late in the morning but mostly had passed through the county by early afternoon, leaving only a slight chance of lingering showers, National Weather Service meteorologist Ivory Small said.

"It's a pretty fast-moving storm, compared to the average speed of storms that linger in the region," said forecaster Philip Gonsalves of the NWS. "Most storms we see affect the area for two days. This one is going to blow out by the end of today."

According to NWS records, the most rain to fall in the county was .57 inch in the Palomar Mountain foothills. Lake Cuyamaca received .32 inch.

In the San Diego metropolitan area, the most precipitation was .16 inch recorded at Kearny Mesa.

The California Highway Patrol reported heavy rain before 10 a.m. on Interstate 15 between Bonsall and Escondido. By 10:15 a.m., there were several traffic collisions in the area.

An accident involving multiple vehicles blocked lanes around 12:40 p.m. on eastbound Highway 94 near Interstate 15, jamming traffic for about an hour, according to the CHP. Injuries were minor.

Gusty winds were raked Interstate 8 east of Alpine. Wind advisories were issued by the CHP to discourage high-sided vehicles on the freeway's winding route over the Laguna Mountains in East County.

A similar advisory was posted for Borrego Springs, where San Diego Gas & Electric reported a power outage affecting more than 1,100 customers.

To the north, significant precipitation was hitting Los Angeles and Orange counties at mid-morning. Forecasters predicted snow the snow line would drop to 3,500 feet, but less than three inches of snowfall was predicted at the highest elevations.

Chains were required after 8 a.m. on state Route 330 from the Inland Empire towards mountain resort towns northeast of San Bernardino, and were expected to be implemented on other mountain-top roads by midday.

An employee of the Laguna Mountain Lodge in San Diego County said no snow had fallen and temperatures were in the mid-30s.

According to Small, the weather will be sunny and "warmer than today" over the course of upcoming work week.

The next "reasonable chance" for rain isn't until early April.

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