Mild storm passes through

A mild spring storm moved through the San Diego area Thursday, shedding modest amounts of rainfall and some short-lived mountain snowfall while ushering in a spate of traffic accidents.

The dark clouds dropped anywhere from a few tenths of an inch to a little more than a half-inch of moisture across the region through the morning, making for a dicey drive to work for some commuters.

Among the rush-hour crashes was one that claimed the life of an emergency medical technician who was hit by a car after pulling over on State Route 163 in Hillcrest about 7 a.m. to help out with an earlier accident, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Between midnight and 2 p.m., the CHP logged 146 accidents on the county’s freeways and back-country roads. During a typical full day under dry skies, by comparison, the agency generally assists with 50 to 75 local crashes.

The storm kept up the scattered showers through late morning, the National Weather Service reported. By then, as the remnants of the wet clouds were moving off to the east, there were some layers of snow down to about 2,500 feet — though anyone looking for some sledding action had to hit the slopes fast.

“It’s all pretty much gone by now,” NWS meteorologist Stefanie Sullivan said in the late afternoon.

The rainfall totals were also somewhat less than impressive. Over a 24-hour period ending at 4 p.m., the weather service measured 0.56 of an inch of precipitation in the area of Lindbergh Field; 0.55 in Mission Valley; 0.49 in Kearny Mesa; 0.38 in Rancho Bernardo; 0.37 in Bonita; 0.31 in Santee; 0.28 in Campo and Oceanside; 0.24 in Escondido; 0.23 at Lake Wohlford; 0.2 in Ramona; 0.16 in eastern El Cajon; 0.12 in Julian; 0.11 in San Ysidro; 0.08 at Dulzura Summit; 0.07 in Rincon Springs; and 0.04 at Lake Henshaw.

Temperatures should rise somewhat over the next several days, with Saturday likely to be sunny and pleasant, Sullivan said. Cloudy skies are expected to return on Sunday, however, with more light rains possible that night and into Monday, she added.