Morning storm makes for messy commute

A chilly rainstorm bred in the Gulf of Alaska brought a late dose of winter to San Diego County on Monday, wreaking havoc on the morning commute.

A total of 150 crashes were reported on the county’s rain-soaked highways and freeways as of 8 a.m., with 56 of those occurring between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m. and another 56 occurring between 6 and 7 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol. In good weather, the agency typically reports 50-75 accidents in a 24-hour period.

The National Weather Service predicted about half-inch to an inch of rain along the coast and 1-2 inches in the foothills and mountains.

“The rain will fall Monday — all through Monday — also with the possibility of thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening hours,” NWS meteorologist Noel Isla said.

In the mountains and deserts, wind gusts up to 50 mph were predicted, according to the NWS. A wind advisory was in effect for the mountains and deserts until 3 a.m. Tuesday.

Highs on Monday were expected to top out around 60 degrees in coastal areas. Mountain highs were going to be in the 40s and 50s, according to the NWS.