The San Diego area largely got a break from wet weather Friday as the first and weaker of two back-to-back winter storms departed, with the second trailing not far behind.
Though the skies were generally dry from dawn through early evening, stiff, gusty winds began buffeting the county in the afternoon, signaling the approach of the follow-up round of blustery conditions.
A second spate of heavy rain hit the region at 9 p.m., National Weather Service meteorological technician Larissa Johnson said.
Those cloudbursts delivered another inch or so of precipitation along the coast, as much as two inches across the inland valleys and upwards of 12 to 18 inches — in the form of frozen white flakes — in the highest reaches of the East County, including Mount Laguna and Palomar Mountain.
Snow dropped as low as the 3,000-foot level, Johnson said.
The bulk of the moisture fell before dawn Saturday, making way for another period of lighter, off-and-on showers through the remainder of the day.
However, a wind advisory will remain in effect until 10 p.m., signifying a potential for driving hazards, especially in mountain and desert locales.
Forecast models predict that Sunday will be partly cloudy and dry, ushering in a gradual warming trend shaping up for next week, Johnson said.
— City News Service
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