Stormy conditions continue in county: Lightning strikes, hail, rain reported

SAN DIEGO - Stormy conditions including thunderstorms and lightning strikes continued as an unstable air mass passed through the county on Sunday.

Click here to see viewer photos of the rain, hail and snow that fell

"These lightning strikes are left over from a cold, unstable air mass aloft," National Weather Service forecaster James Thomas said.

Thomas said lighting strikes first appeared over the ocean in the Pt. Loma area at 10:45 a.m. Other strikes were reported about noon near Cabrillo National Monument, and at 12:18 p.m. in rural East County in Jamul and Alpine.

Unconfirmed reports of hail were made, and Thomas said it typically forms in such existing cold, unstable weather conditions.

"We would be looking for small hail, no larger than pea-sized," he said.

Hail and rain fell during the Chargers-Raiders game at Qualcomm Stadium. Fan Terrance Kirkwood left during the first half. 

"I'm just – I'm too cold – each time the clouds go over the sun it gets freezing cold and I couldn’t take it anymore," he said. "It started to pour down on us and then it started to hail down on us. It took us forever to get in because the lines were so long, and now I'm freezing cold because I'm all wet."

10News viewers in Lakeside, Spring Valley, Rancho San Diego and the College Area reported seeing hail on Sunday. 10News viewers in Pine Valley and Guatay also reported seeing snow.

The forecaster said rain showers and thundershowers were expected to continue into the evening in the county.

"The showers will probably wane after 10 p.m.," Thomas said.

Thomas said weather will clear Monday with partly cloudy skies. Highs were expected to be chilly, with a maximum of about 60 degrees predicted at Lindbergh Field.

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