Storm brings rain, strong winds, colder temps to San Diego County

SAN DIEGO - A large low-pressure system centered over Nevada sent scattered showers to the San Diego area Monday along with strong winds and cooler temperatures.

The blustery atmospheric pattern delivered light rainfall -- a fifth of an inch or less -- in coastal and inland-valley areas, while dropping up to two-thirds of an inch in the East County highlands, according to the National Weather Service.

Over the same 24-hour period ending at 5 p.m., Lindbergh Field got just a hundredth of an inch of moisture, the NWS reported.

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Some of the system's heaviest downpours were expected to occur Monday, forecasters said.

A high-wind warning for mountain and desert locales was scheduled to be in effect until 8 a.m. Tuesday. By afternoon, the rains were expected to be petering out, according to the weather service.

The storm may drop snow as low as the 5,000-foot mark before moving out of the region, the NWS reported.

A high-pressure zone is expected to begin building in the area Wednesday, bringing higher temperatures that will prevail into the weekend, according to the federal agency.

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