North County Weather - Possible Wet Roads and High Surf

A storm over the Northeast Pacific Ocean brought scattered showers to parts of San Diego County Friday, high surf along the beaches and dense fog in the mountains.

The storm dropped .19 inches of rain near Camp Pendleton between midnight and 7:30 a.m., .14 inches in Julian and Santa Ysabel and .12 inches in Pala.

The California Highway Patrol, meanwhile, reported heavy fog on the south end of Interstate 15 starting about 8:30 p.m. Thursday and drizzle on Interstate 5 from state Route 76 to Las Pulgas Road about two-and-a-half hours later. Light showers along the coast were expected to continue to fall until about 9 a.m.

Forecasters said motorists could experience reduced visibility and delays caused by rain-slicked roads. National Weather Service forecasters also said a large west-to-northwest swell could generate high surf through Monday. Surf heights could build to 10 feet through Saturday and sets of 12 feet could be possible on points and reefs south of Cardiff-By-The-Sea. The NWS issued a high surf advisory that will remain in effect until 1 p.m. Monday.

"High surf and very strong rip currents will result in dangerous swimming conditions at the beaches, especially for inexperienced swimmers,'' according to an NWS advisory.

Dense fog could be possible on coastal mountain slopes through 10 a.m. Friday before becoming more patchy by late morning, according to the NWS. It could cause problems for motorists because visibility could be reduced to less than a quarter-mile at times on narrow mountain roads. Gusty southwest winds and light rain were expected in mountain areas as well.

"The combination of gusty winds, wet roads and limited visibility in fog may make travel difficult in the higher elevations at times,'' the NWS stated. The NWS recommended that drivers take extra time to reach their destinations, slow down and use low-beam headlights.

–City News Service


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