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Storm hits San Diego County, bringing rain and snow in the mountains

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SAN DIEGO (CNS/News 8) - A blustery spring storm that brought showers, chilly winds and mountain snowfall to the San Diego area Friday was expected to intensify during the night before dissipating Saturday, forecasters said.

The southward-traveling unsettled front, which began dousing San Diego County late Thursday afternoon, has delivered widely varying amounts of precipitation from one locale to another, according to the National Weather Service.

Over a 24-hour period ending early Friday evening, the dark cloud banks out of western Canada and the Pacific Northwest dropped less than one-tenth of an inch of rain along the coast, up to one-quarter of an inch through the inland valleys and one-third to one-half inch in East County highland areas up to about 4,000 feet, where the snow level began.

"It's been hit or miss -- more miss than hit," NWS meteorologist James Thomas said.

Winds in Balboa Park this morning fell an enormous tree branch, which came crashing through the front windshield of an SUV traveling down Park Boulevard. While the driver's two children, who were in the back seat, were not hurt, the driver himself was treated for minor injuries. The branch came within inches of hitting him, instead striking the seat between his legs, according to authorities.

"By surviving the accident with only minor injuries, it's a miracle," said Craig Newell of San Diego Fire-Rescue.

The flurries of frozen white flakes that fell in the local mountains were mostly melting shortly after reaching the ground, except at altitudes above 5,000 feet, where modest layers formed, Thomas said.

Following somewhat heavier but still scattered cloudbursts overnight, the wintry storm should dwindle through the mid- to late-morning Saturday and peter out completely by afternoon, according to the weather service.

A high-pressure zone is expected to move over San Diego County Sunday, bringing clearing skies and temperatures more typical for springtime.

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