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Heavy rainfall and snow in San Diego bring high number of accidents

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - As record rainfall and snow descended on parts of San Diego County, the California Highway Patrol reported 340 crashes, compared to average of 50 to 75 crashes on a "good weather" day, the CHP announced Saturday.

Rain began to fall in North County about 8:30 a.m. Friday and nine crashes were reported between 8 and 8:59 a.m. on county freeways and in unincorporated areas, according to CHP Officer Larry Landeros. Between 10 and 10:59 a.m. Friday, 32 crashes were reported and 38 were reported between 4 and 4:59 p.m., the highest of the day, Landeros said.

Friday's rainfall broke records in parts of the county with .59 inches reported in San Diego, the highest since 1957, and 1.05 inches reported in Ramona, which broke the previous record set in 1987, according to the National Weather Service. A cold Pacific winter storm brought the cold weather, rain and mountain snow.

Slushy snow was reported at altitudes higher than 5,500 feet in Julian, according to the county's Department of Public Works.

Friday's storm also brought on a high surf advisory effective through 1 a.m. Sunday, stemming from a northwest swell from the North Pacific, the

National Weather Service reported. Waves and surf were expected between 4 and 6 feet with sets up to 8 feet on exposed west facing beaches in southern San

Diego County and may cause rip currents, according to the National Weather Service, however, lifeguards reported no significant incidents as of late morning.

A slightly weaker storm is expected to move over the region Sunday, bringing light to moderate showers, and snow at the highest elevations, the National Weather Service reported. Sunday highs are expected to be between 58 to 63 degrees near the coast and 43 to 53 in the mountains.

Snow is expected at altitudes around 5,000 feet Sunday evening, which may result in accumulations of 2 to 4 inches of snowfall in area higher than 5,500 feet.

People planning visits to the mountains should stay informed and take precautions for possible difficult travel conditions including slick roads and low visibility in fog, rain and snow, according to a National Weather Service statement. Campers and hikers in the higher mountain areas should be prepared for subfreezing temperatures, snow and strong winds.

The rain and snow is expected to end Sunday night and fair weather is expected Monday, the statement said.

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