SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A chilly autumn storm sent temperatures plummeting in the San Diego area Wednesday while delivering off-and-on rainfall and gusty winds.
The unsettled atmospheric system out of the north began dousing the county with scattered mild showers in the early morning, the National Weather Service reported.
The precipitation, which could include flurries of snow in the region's highest elevations, was expected to peak late this evening.
As of 5 p.m., the wet clouds had dropped anywhere from a few one-hundredths of an inch to roughly a quarter-inch of moisture along the coast; up to about a half-inch in some inland-valley locales; and as much as an inch in the mountains, according to the NWS. The highest recorded desert tally was 0.01 of an inch.
A high-wind warning was in effect in the mountains and deserts until 3 a.m. Thursday, predicting gusts as high as 65 mph along ridge tops and in desert locales. The conditions could make driving hazardous, particularly for motorists in "high profile" vehicles, according to the weather service.
A gradual warming and drying trend was expected to begin Thursday and continue into early next week, the NWS reported.