Thursday, December 13, 2012
A cold, blustery storm moved into San Diego County overnight, bringing widespread rain, flooding and gusty winds. The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for the mountains through 4 a.m. Friday.
Heavy downpours snarled traffic throughout the county during the morning commute. Caltrans tweeted about sigalerts effecting most of San Diego's freeways.
Flooding prompted the temporary closure of several streets in the Midway District and Point Loma, according to San Diego police. The California Highway Patrol reported it was receiving dozens of accident reports per hour, though most were noninjury fender-benders and spinouts. An exact tally was not immediately available.
Rainfall totals were expected to be a half-inch along the coastal and valley areas, and up to two inches in the mountains.
"Most of the snow will occur late Wednesday through Thursday evening,'' according to an NWS advisory.
Snow levels were expected to fall to between 4,000 and 4,500 feet. Total snowfall from the storm was expected to be two to six inches.
People traveling through the mountains were urged to be prepared for hazardous winter weather conditions because of blowing snow, according to an NWS advisory.
"Motorists are urged to check the latest road reports before departing. Always carry chains and take extra food and clothing if you must travel into the mountains," the agency stated."
City News Service contributed to the information in this report.