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High Surf, Low Snow and Chance of Rain

Wind, Surf and snow advisories remain in effect tonight as the cold Pacific storm that has dumped roughly an inch of rain on Orange County makes its way inland.

Mother nature has been volatile this weekend, and she’s not done yet. The National Weather Service has issued a heavy wind warning for Orange County in effect until late tonight with strong gusts expected to continue through Monday.

Gusts of up to 35 mph are expected. Authorities are warning that gusty winds will make driving difficult and ask motorists to be alert for fallen tree limbs or power lines. Since the storm began, CHP officials have reported a spike in Southern California car crashes.

The storm that moved in late Friday has dumped close to an inch of rain on Orange County, and there remains a slight chance of rain through the night, according to the weather service.

A high surf warning will also remain in effect through Monday with 11 foot waves expected today.

Overnight snow levels fell as low as 2,000 feet, blanketing portions of the Cleveland National Forest along the county border and offering Orange County an unusual glimpse of snow-covered peaks in March. A winter weather advisory will remain in effect until 9 p.m. today as afternoon showers brought snow and traffic headaches to the mountain and high desert areas along the I-15 in the Cajon Pass and along portions of the I-10.

-City News Service Contrinuted to this report

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