A warming and drying trend was expected to begin today in San Diego County, a day after a chilly autumn storm sent temperatures plummeting while delivering off-and-on rainfall and gusty winds.
Rain was expected to continue in area of Lemon Grove. Temperatures were not expected to rise above 72 degrees through the weekend. Night time temps were expected to dip to about 57 or 58 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.
There were light showers in valley and mountain areas early today but only a slight chance of showers this afternoon, according to the weather service.
Along the coast, there was a slight chance of showers this morning and temperatures were expected to peak in the high 60s later today. It was also expected to be warmer in the deserts today, with highs in the mid-70s.
On Wednesday, the mountains and deserts were subject to a high wind warning for gusts of up to 65 miles per hour. This afternoon, wind gusts will top out around 30 mph in the mountains and 25 mph in the deserts, an NWS advisory said.
Rainfall totals from Wednesday's storm varied greatly throughout the county. The NWS said that 0.07 inches fell at Lindbergh Field; 0.27 in Kearny Mesa; 0.38 in Solana Beach; 0.29 in Escondido; 0.93 at Mount Woodson, which sits between Poway and Ramona; and 0.43 in Santee. In the mountains, there was 1.56 inches on Palomar Mountain and 1.95 at Lake Cuyamaca.
Wednesday's inclement weather wreaked havoc on local roadways. There were at least 318 crashes reported on the county's freeways and highways, according to the California Highway Patrol. The agency said there are 50 to 75 crashes reported on a good-weather day.
-- City News Service and Patch Staff