Skies clear after weekend storm drenches San Diego County

Skies cleared Sunday after a Pacific storm drenched much of San Diego County over the weekend, making way for a drier, but still cool week, forecasters said.

The latest system dropped more than an inch of rain at Palomar Mountain and Lake Cuyamaca, and nearly an inch at Lake Henshaw, according to Sunday rainfall totals. San Diego International Airport reported 0.9 of an inch of rain, pushing its seasonal total to 5.3 inches, almost two inches above average.

Stray showers are possible Sunday night Monday, which would lift totals a bit more.

Officials suspect rain-slicked roadways contributed to a number of crashes, including two that turned fatal.

The first happened on north Interstate 5 near Clairemont Drive shortly before 6 a.m. Sunday.

The driver of a red SUV apparently lost control and crashed into a wall in the center divide. Officers believe the driver was outside of the vehicle, which was disabled in the fast lane, when two other vehicles hit the SUV.

"It appears the driver of the initial collision was probably standing outside his vehicle when he got struck," California Highway Patrol Sgt. Joseph Aboy told OnScene TV. “He was fatally injured as a result of the secondary and third collision."

The second happened in Santee on North Woodside Avenue near Riverford Road about 8 a.m.Sunday. A 40-year-old woman was found dead in an SUV that had crashed into a nearby tree, a sheriff’s official said.

No other vehicles were involved.

The storm also churned local waters prompting a high surf advisory. Wave sets south of Del Mar were expected to be as high as 8 feet. Rip currents and hazardous swimming conditions are possible until about 2 a.m. Monday when the surf should drop quickly, according to the weather service.

Forecasters had expected the storm to drop an inch of snow onto the county’s mountains, but that didn’t happen due to a warm flow of air out of the south, although Mount Laguna did get dusted, said meteorologist Bruno Rodriquez.

Dry, cool weather, mostly in the 60s, is expected into the weekend, when a follow-up storm could generate a smattering of showers.

“We won’t see widespread 70s for a while,” Rodriquez said.

City News Service and Staff Writer Gary Robbins contributed to this report.

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