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Lightning, rain, wind and a water spout

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A fast-moving water spout was caught on camera by a News 8 viewer off the coast of San Onofre on Friday afternoon.

San Clemente lifeguards reported seeing the water spout three-quarters of a mile off the coast, and the funnel-shaped twister briefly touched down on land before it dissipated, said National Weather Service meteorologist Mark Moede.

The storm also was expected to create heavy seas and potential for ocean waterspouts, prompting the weather service to issue a small-craft advisory through Saturday evening.

The weather service also extended a wind advisory until 2p.m. on Saturday.

Weakening scattered showers should continue across much of the county and in the mountains into Saturday afternoon.

Fair weather was expected to return Sunday and prevail through much of next week, along with gradually warming temperatures, according to the weather service.

 

This is an update to a previous story.

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A spring storm packing a cold, wintry punch swept over the San Diego areaFriday, bringing driving downpours, lightning, high winds and potential for widespread late-season mountain snowfall.

The arriving bands of dark clouds out of the Gulf of Alaska began generating scattered drizzle in the northern reaches of San Diego County in the late morning, and the blustery brunt of the unsettled system followed in the mid-afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

By late afternoon, heavy rains had doused much of the region as the front moved to the south and east, NWS meteorologist Mark Moede said.

Precipitation totals were expected to reach from a one-half to 1 inch in most areas west of the mountains, 1 to 2 inches in the foothills and up to two-tenths of an inch in the deserts. In the snow department, 3 to 6 inches were likely to fall in mountain locales from 4,000 to 5,500 feet, and 4 to 8 inches on the county's highest peaks.

Communities likely to get dustings or drifts of frozen white flakes included Boulevard, Cameron, Campo, Cuyamaca, Descanso, Julian, Lake Henshaw, Morena Village, Mount Laguna, Oak Grove, Pine Hills, Pine Valley, Ranchita, Santa Ysabel and Warner Springs, according to forecasters.

In the deserts, meanwhile, sustained winds up to 35 mph and gusts reaching 60 mph were expected until late Saturday morning.

The storm also was expected to create heavy seas and potential for ocean waterspouts, prompting the weather service to issue a small-craft advisory through Saturday evening.

Weakening scattered showers should continue across much of the county Friday evening and in the mountains into Saturday afternoon.

Fair weather was expected to return Sunday and prevail through much of next week, along with gradually warming temperatures, according to the weather service.

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