Rain showers over La Jolla Shores. Image from HPWREN camera network

A fast-moving storm delivered scattered rainfall and gusty winds to the San Diego area Monday.

The showers generated by the unsettled atmospheric system sweeping in from the north began in the late morning and were expected to continue intermittently into the nighttime hours, according to the National Weather Service.

As of 3 p.m., the bands of clouds had dropped up to about a quarter of an inch of moisture along the coast, just over a third of an inch in some inland-valley locales and a maximum of roughly three-fifths of an inch in the East County highlands, meteorologists reported.

Winds gusts whipped up by the storm, meanwhile, reached top-end speeds of 93 mph in the mountains, 56 mph in the deserts, nearly 45 mph in the valleys and about 35 mph along the coast, the NWS advised.

A winter weather advisory was slated to remain in effect through 3 a.m. Tuesday in the mountains, where the snow level likely will drop to as low as 3,000 feet tonight, accumulating 2 to 4 inches deep above 3,500 feet, 4 to 8 inches above 5,000 feet and 8 to 12 inches above 6,000 feet.

An NWS high wind warning will remain in effect through 3 a.m. Tuesday in the mountains and deserts.

This morning, all Julian Union High School District campuses shifted to distance learning due to the high winds and icy roads, according to the county Office of Education.

Dry weather and warmer temperatures will return Tuesday and prevail for the remainder of the workweek, forecasters said.

Updated at 6:38 p.m. March 15, 2021

–City News Service

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