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Rare spring storm dealing second blow to San Diego

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) – It's round two of wet weather across the county Tuesday morning, and it's causing problems for drivers on their morning commute.

So far the CHP has responded to 21 accidents, eight of these have required an ambulance.

Authorities are telling drivers to allow extra time for travel and be cautious on the wet roads throughout Tuesday.

This is a story update. The previous story is below.

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A mild spring storm ushered in cool, breezy conditions, light rain and a spate of traffic accidents across the San Diego area Tuesday.

The blustery front out of the Gulf of Alaska began dousing the county with scattered showers several hours after sunrise, according to the National Weather Service. As of late afternoon, the precipitation had mostly petered out, though drizzles were still coming down in some locations, NWS meteorologist Cynthia Palmer said.

By then, the dark clouds had dropped anywhere from a few tenths of an inch of moisture in many spots to four-tenths of an inch in Oceanside, a half-inch at Cuyamaca Reservoir and nearly two-thirds of an inch in Julian.

Accompanying the cloudbursts, meanwhile, were typical rainy-day problems throughout the region. Between midnight and 5 p.m., the California Highway Patrol tallied 120 accidents on local freeways and rural roads.

By comparison, the CHP generally responds to 50-75 accidents over a full day of fair weather. Though the skies were clearing, a wind advisory was slated to remain in effect though 10 p.m., warning of potential driving hazards -- especially for motorists in "high-profile" vehicles -- and the possibility of snapping tree branches and toppling power poles.

A follow-up storm is due to move in overnight and bring more off-and-on rainfall through late Wednesday afternoon, Palmer said. More stiff winds, possibly gusting up to around 55 mph, could accompany the next round of inclement weather, the NWS advised.

The East County highlands also may get a few flurries of short-lived snow down to about the 5,500-foot level. Precipitation totals from the two low-pressure systems should range from a quarter-inch to a half-inch in most areas, and up to 1.5 inches in some mountain locales.

Until the second storm moves out of the county, temperatures will likely remain 5 to 10 degrees below normal along the coast and 20 to 25 degrees cooler than typical mid-May levels inland, according to the weather service.

Partly cloudy skies are expected to prevail Thursday and Friday.

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