A mild Pacific storm delivered off-and-on light rainfall throughout the San Diego area Tuesday.
The showers began dampening the northwestern reaches of the county in the mid-morning and steadily moved to the south and east as the day wore on.
Showing less than kindly timing for rush-hour freeway commuters, some of the heaviest precipitation hit in the late afternoon, National Weather Service meteorologist Cynthia Palmer noted.
As of 5 p.m., the dark bands of clouds had dropped 0.28 of an inch of rain at Brown Field airport in Otay Mesa, 0.27 at Lindbergh Field in downtown San Diego, 0.23 in Mission Valley, 0.16 in San Ysidro, 0.15 in Bonita, 0.11 in La Mesa and 0.08 in the Granite Hills area of eastern El Cajon.
Most other locales had received no more than a few tenths of an inch by then, the NWS reported.
However, drivers were more careful driving in the rain on Tuesday.
Between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. there were only 74 traffic accidents reported on San Diego County highways and freeways according to the CHP, which typically reports between 50 and 75 crashes a day in dry weather.
The rainy weather is not expected to continue into Wednesday, giving way to clear skies heading into the weekend.
–City News Service