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Storms and Winds Across County


Last updated 12/19/2016 at 1:05pm

John R. Piskor

Fantastic photo of a rainbow over Borrego has been kindly sent in by reader John R. Piskor

Widespread rain has been falling across the county early Friday, causing slick conditions for the morning commute.

Rain showers began Thursday and became heavy at times overnight in certain areas, causing several minor crashes and spin-outs.

In a 12-hour period ending at 4 a.m., automated gauges in the mountains collected 1.87 inches of rain in Birch Hill;

1.54 at the Palomar Observatory;

1.25 in Pine Hills;

1.14 at Lake Cuyamaca;

.97 in Mesa Grande;

.96 in Santa Ysabel;

.93 on Mt. Laguna;

.92 in Descanso;

.90 on Volcan Mountain; and lesser amounts in numerous other locales.

.03 in Borrego Springs; and .01 in Ocotillo Wells, according to provisional data from the National Weather Service.

The showers are expected to begin tapering off later today as the moisture exits to the east, "leaving residual showers only in the mountains this afternoon," forecasters said. The gusty winds that have been whipping though the region will also die down.

A NWS high wind warning for the mountains and deserts is set to expire at 8 p.m. Winds of 20 to 40 miles per hour will be possible, along with gusts of up to 60 in some locations, possibly in the Anza-Borrego Desert, and to 80 mph on mountain ridgetops.

"Winds are roaring in parts of the mountains and deserts with isolated ridgetop gusts exceeding 70 mph," according to the NWS.

Forecasters said the gusty winds may kick up dust and sand in some areas, skewing visibility. Saturday. Winds of 15 to 25 mph and gusts to 35 mph are expected during the advisory period.

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