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Fast-moving winter storm brings blustery conditions to San Diego

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Wet and windy winter weather returned to the San Diego area Monday as another cold, fast-moving Pacific low-pressure system moved inland.

The blustery system brought strong, gusty west winds to the mountains and deserts and light to moderate rain to coastal, valley and mountain areas, according to the National Weather Service. Scattered showers were expected to continue through the evening before dwindling away overnight.

By late afternoon, locations across the county had gotten anywhere from a few hundredths of an inch of moisture to more than three-quarters of an inch, the NWS reported.

As of 5 p.m., the dark clouds had dropped 0.77 of an inch of precipitation at Palomar Observatory; 0.67 in Descanso; 0.59 in Fallbrook; 0.39 in Cuyamaca; 0.38 in Julian; 0.36 in San Ysidro; 0.35 in Escondido, the Lake Henshaw area and Rincon Springs; 0.32 at Brown Field airport; 0.29 in Bonsall and San Onofre; 0.27 at Lindbergh Field and in Oceanside; 0.26 in Mission Valley; 0.24 in Bonita; 0.23 in Carlsbad and Potrero; 0.2 in Dulzura; 0.18 in Ranchita; 0.08 at Lake Wohlford Dam; and 0.05 in San Felipe.

The damp conditions, meanwhile, ushered in a lot of typical rainy-day woes on the region's commuter routes. Between midnight and 5 p.m., the

California Highway Patrol logged 140 accidents, as compared to the 50-75 collisions that typically occur on local freeways and rural roads over a full 24 hours of dry weather.

A high wind warning was in effect for mountain locales, which were expected to be buffeted by winds of 25 to 35 mph, with gusts up to 65 mph near ridge tops. Those conditions made driving of "high profile" vehicles potentially dangerous on such routes as Interstate 8 between Pine Valley and the Imperial County line, the NWS advised.


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