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Autumn storm delivers mild cloudbursts across region

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The southern edges of a significant Pacific storm moved across the San Diego area today, bringing some welcome precipitation to the parched region while ushering in a spate of typical rainy-day havoc on local roadways.

The wet atmospheric pattern, which is expected to bring heavy downpours to northern and central California through Wednesday, will have a relatively mild impact south of the San Bernardino Mountains, according to the National Weather Service.

Only a few hundredths of an inch of rain are in the forecast for the southern half of the county this week, while the North County is expected to receive a few tenths of an inch, according to the Weather Service.

Over a 24-hour period ending at noon, the dark clouds dropped 0.31 of an inch of moisture in Julian; 0.06 in Ramona and at Wohlford Dam; 0.05 at Montgomery Field in San Diego; and 0.04 in Encinitas.

The storm also will generate high surf -- with some breakers possibly exceeding 10 feet -- along with dangerous rip currents Wednesday through Friday, according to an NWS advisory.

Between midnight and 10 a.m., the California Highway Patrol recorded 84 accidents on the county's rain-slick freeways and back-country roads, including a late-morning, serious-injury pileup on northbound Interstate 15, near Via Rancho Parkway in Escondido.

During a typical full day of dry weather, by comparison, the CHP typically handles 50 to 75 accidents in the region.

For Wednesday, the NWS predicts a 50 percent chance of precipitation in coastal, valley and mountain areas, and a 20 percent chance in the deserts.

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