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Slight chance of showers tonight

It will be partly cloudy today throughout the county with winds gusts up to 30 miles per hour in the mountains this afternoon. Tonight ... expect a slight chance of showers. Highs today will be 57 to 62 degrees along the coast... 58 to 63 in the western valleys ... 53 to 58 near the foothills ... 44 to 54 in the mountains and 63 to 68 in the deserts.

The National Weather Service says mostly sunny weather will return later this week ... with temperatures expected to peak in the low 70s by this coming weekend. Over this last weekend ... many areas received

more than a half-inch of rain. Some mountain areas received more than an inch of rain ... in addition to snow at the higher elevations.

National Weather Service calling for clearing later this week

The latest El Nino storm brought rain and snow to San Diego and Riverside counties today, but the National Weather Service is calling for clearing later this week.

Many areas received more than half an inch of precipitation since the rain started in earnest Saturday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

The official reporting station at Lindbergh Field recorded .67 inch, and .62 fell at Brown Field, but many North County areas received less than a tenth of an inch.

Snow blanketed the mountains overnight. The California Highway Patrol called for plows for Sunrise Highway, where drivers were advised to have chains on their tires.

Light snow was also reported along Interstate 8 at Crestwood, east of Pine Valley.

The estimated snow level of around 4,500 feet was not enough to bring the white stuff to Julian, said Lisa Repue of the Julian Hotel.

''It's tried a couple of times but it isn't sticking,'' Repue said of a morning snow flurries.

Since then, the area has mostly received drizzle, she said. Cal Fire reported that flurries fell in Pine Valley, but didn't stay on the ground there either.

The CHP also reported a slew of mostly minor traffic accidents on rain-slick freeways.

The county Department of Environmental Health issued a General Advisory for runoff into the ocean and bays.

People should avoid swimming, surfing or diving for the next 72 hours because of heightened levels of bacteria in the water.

Meteorologist Stefanie Sullivan of the National Weather Service said another storm will pass through Tuesday but bring only a small amount of rain.

''After that it doesn't look like much of anything,'' Sullivan said. Temperatures along the coast and inland valleys could reach into the low to mid 70s by Friday, she said.

SAN DIEGO - Nearly an inch of rain fell today in Point Loma as a storm reached the San Diego area.

Showers should be steady countywide overnight, said meteorologist Tina Stall of the National Weather Service.

About an inch of rain is expected to fall in the mountains and southern half of the county through Sunday.

As much as six inches of snow could fall Sunday morning in the mountains above 4,500 feet, where the Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory, warning motorists of slick, icy roads and low visibility due to snow and fog.

Motorists headed to Mount Laguna should check first to make sure Sunrise Highway is open.

By late afternoon, about .80 of an inch of rain had fallen in Point Loma, about .10 of an inch in Oceanside and Fallbrook, and .04 of an inch in Escondido, Pine Hills and Boulevard. Other areas had seen only a trace of rain.

There could be sporadic hard downpours tonight, with scattered showers on Sunday.

Monday and Tuesday are expected to be dry and partly cloudy.

 

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