Storm leads to crashes

A slow-moving Pacific storm made for a soggy morning commute in San Diego County, contributing to several crashes, authorities said.

Among this morning’s crashes was a fatality on the Cabrillo Freeway in North Park, that claimed the life of a paramedic placing flares around an earlier car crash.

The California Highway Patrol said there were 119 accidents on the county’s freeways and state highways between midnight and 9 a.m. Twenty-eight of those occurred between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m., 48 occurred between 6 and 7 a.m., and 30 occurred between 7 and 8 a.m., according to the CHP. In good weather, the agency typically reports between 50 and 75 accidents in a 24-hour period.

The National Weather Service said the storm was originally suppose to strike Wednesday but instead hit early today, bringing rain and a possibility of isolated thunderstorms to the region. Rainfall amounts will be between a quarter-inch and a half-inch from the mountains to the coast and up to a tenth of an inch in the deserts, according to a NWS statement.

The agency issued a winter weather advisory through early this afternoon in the mountains, where the snow level will dip to 3,500 feet at times.

Along the coast, a high surf advisory is in effect until 3 a.m. Friday. Frequent breakers between 6 and 8 feet are likely, according to an NWS advisory.