Wet weather contributed to 97 crashes in San Diego County between midnight and 11:00 a.m., said the California Highway Patrol Wednesday. On a normal day, CHP sees 50-75 crashes.
A big rig jackknifed on Interstate 8 and overnight rain flooded Interstate 805, prompting warnings on the roads for Thanksgiving drivers.
Around 2 a.m. Wednesday morning a big rig wound up blocking the No. 1 and 2 lanes on the I-805 northbound at the 54. Luckily, the driver was OK, but all of the lanes were full of debris causing a backup.
Two lanes northbound 805 were open around 6 a.m. and traffic in the area is slow moving.
There were some other problems. Three lanes at the Northbound 5 at Palm Avenue were closed due to flooding from overnight rain at 2 a.m. Wednesday morning. Crews were cleaning debris from all of the lanes and there was water three to four feet deep.
There was also flooding at Bradley at the 67 in El Cajon. The No. 1,2 and 3 lanes had about 3-feet of standing water. CalTrans was on scene clearing a clogged storm drain. Those lanes reopened about 3:30 a.m.
CHP knows this will be a busy day for them and are asking drivers to be extra cautious while on the roads. Officer Larry Landeros said, "Most of our Thanksgivings here are very nice and sunny that's why we want to send the message out to make sure you do allow room between you and the next vehicle, allow plenty of time and turn those headlights on during inclement weather."
Even though AAA says fewer people will be traveling this Thanksgiving, plenty of people will still be traveling so make your holiday getaway a safe one.
As for the forecast, expect scattered showers throughout the day with the possibility of some thunderstorms.