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January's first rain hits San Diego

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A weather system that brought this month's first measurable rainfall to San Diego moved off to the east Monday.

According to the National Weather Service, four-hundredths of an inch of precipitation fell at the official reporting station at Lindbergh Field by noon.

Vista received the most, with 0.58 inches. Palomar Mountain received 0.48 inches and Oceanside 0.42 inches.

Areas in the central and southern parts of the county received less than a quarter-inch of rain.

California Highway Patrol Officer Jesse Udovich said 27 traffic collisions were recorded between midnight and 8 a.m., when the freeways were wet, even though few cars were on the roads because of the Martin Luther King holiday.

Weather conditions also forced Caltrans to delay the opening of new express lanes on Interstate 15 in Escondido, according to Udovich. The agency hopes to open the lanes, which were dedicated last week, on Tuesday.

The next chance of rain is forecast for Friday night and lasting through next weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

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