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By Miriam Raftery

Photo:  UCSD HP Wren camera on Mt. Laguna

November 27, 2016 (San Diego's East County) --The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning for our mountain and desert regions through tonight,with gusts up to 65 miles an hour possible.  If traveling watch for downed trees and power lines, blowing sand, rain-slicked highways and icy conditions in higher mountain areas.

Drought-parched mountain areas in East County have received welcome relief from a pair of storms that swooped into the region over the weekend.

As of 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, the National Weather Service reports over 2.4 inches of rain fell at Lake Cuyamaca, with nearly 1.7 inches at Julian. Snow has fallen on taller mountain peaks, including over an inch on Mount Laguna.

Some other local communities also received significant rainfall. Mount Woodson,  Harbison Canyon, Descanso, Pine Valley, and Alpine all got more than an inch of precipitation even before a second storm swept the area Sunday night. Some communities in El Cajon, Ramona, Santa Ysabel and Lakeside all received over a half inch, though only a trace of rain fell in our inland desert regions.

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