On and off rain hit San Diego, causing slick roadways and a slow, frustrating commute for many. NBC 7's Tony Shin speaks with local Mike Stasko about how the damp weather dampened his day.
On and off drizzle and rain hit San Diego County Friday night, making roads slick and dangerous -- and the afternoon commute difficult.
Local Mike Stasko picked the wrong day to move from his old home in Scripps Ranch to a new one in Carlsbad.
“Started at 9 this morning and here I am 8 o’clock now?” he told NBC 7. “Every time we’d get on the road to do something it started raining.”
A traffic camera on Interstate 5 at Carmel Mountain Road recorded snarled traffic throughout the rainy afternoon.
“Traffic [was] terrible. Bumper-to-bumper,” added Stasko.
Meanwhile, southbound Interstate 805 at Miramar Road boasted nothing but brake lights at around 7 p.m., and emergency lights as firefighters responded to one of the many accidents that turned local freeways into parking lots.
It was also a grind on State Route 163 at the beginning of the Friday afternoon commute – especially in the Mission Valley area.
One accident involved an ambulance that went down an embankment in Mission Valley. No one was injured.
The messy, wet commute came as a bit of a surprise Eureka Quattlebaum, who’s visiting from South Carolina.
"I was coming back from the hospital today and I ended up on Friars Road because you guys drive crazy," she told NBC 7.
The wet winter weather isn’t over just yet.
According to the National Weather Service, San Diego County is in store for gusty winds, wet roads and fog throughout the weekend.
High surf is also expected to last a while, generating five to eight-foot surf through Monday. The high surf advisory is in effect through 1 p.m. Monday.
The NWS says the high surf will also create strong rip currents, resulting in dangerous swimming conditions at local beaches.
By Tuesday, the NWS says conditions should clear up.