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High winds blow through San Diego County Monday

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A windy, but not particularly strong Pacific storm dampened the San Diego area before moving out of the region to the east, leaving behind clearing skies and expectations for a warming trend.

The dark clouds delivered anywhere from 0.05 of an inch of precipitation in some of the region's western locales to upwards of three-quarters of an inch in the East County highlands, according to the National Weather Service.

Along with the showers came some stiff winds. Gusts reached 65 mph and snapped a power pole in Borrego Springs, while hitting 48 mph in Ranchita, 46 mph at Mount Laguna Observatory and 40 mph in Julian, said meteorologist Mark Moede.

On local freeways and back-country roads, meanwhile, the wet and blustery conditions ushered in some typical rainy-day problems. Between midnight and 4 p.m., the California Highway Patrol logged 90 accidents, as compared with the 50-75 crashes the agency generally handles over a full day of fair weather.

By late Monday afternoon, the showers had mostly petered out, though a few were persisting on East County mountain slopes.

The skies should dry out completely Monday night, making way for pleasant, unseasonably warm conditions into the weekend, Moede said.

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