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Seagulls hunker down on Newport Beach Elementary’s playground near 14th St. on Tuesday morning in Newport Beach. , KEN STEINHARDT, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

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A seagull glides on the westerly wind over Newport Beach Elementary’s playground near 14th St. on Tuesday morning in Newport Beach. KEN STEINHARDT, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

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The flag at the base of the Balboa Pier blurs as the westerly wind takes it on Tuesday morning in Newport Beach. KEN STEINHARDT, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

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Seagulls glide on cool blustery wind over the Balboa Pier on Tuesday morning in Newport Beach. KEN STEINHARDT, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

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A family eats a meal in comfort at Ruby’s Diner as a fisherman braves the clod, windy and wet weather on the Balboa Pier on Tuesday morning in Newport Beach. KEN STEINHARDT, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

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A flock of pelicans fly south near the Balboa Pier on Tuesday morning in Newport Beach. KEN STEINHARDT, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

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Debbie Marsteller of Costa Mesa braves the cold wet wind on the Balboa Pier as she takes her son Nathan and his fiancé Janina Krumbeck, both visiting from Lincoln, Nebraska, to Ruby’s Diner on Tuesday morning in Newport Beach. KEN STEINHARDT, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

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Fisherman Stanley Bedoya of San Bernardino fixes his rain jacket’s hood in wet blustery wind on the Balboa Pier on Tuesday morning in Newport Beach. “The fish aren’t biting,” said Bedoya. “The water must be too cold,” he adds. KEN STEINHARDT, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

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Ringfinder Stan Ross, 73, of Newport Beach gears up in the wet weather on Tuesday morning to sweep the sands for lost metals near the Balboa Pier in Newport Beach. KEN STEINHARDT, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

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Seagulls hunker down on Newport Beach Elementary’s playground near 14th St. on Tuesday morning in Newport Beach. , KEN STEINHARDT, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

A plume of moisture over Orange County brought steady, light rain that made for a soggy commute Tuesday morning but did not contribute to any major traffic collisions, according to authorities.

However, the California Highway Patrol saw more minor vehicle crashes than normal because of the rain, said Officer John Latosquin. From midnight Monday to 9 a.m. Tuesday, the CHP responded to 45 vehicle crashes on Orange County freeways, none of which resulted in any major injuries, he said.

Most of the incidents were likely rain related, Latosquin added. By comparison, over the same time period one week earlier the CHP reported 27 crashes, he said.

“Obviously, people drive too fast for weather conditions,” Latosquin said. “Speed is definitely a factor because when it’s raining there is less traction for vehicles.”

Rain began falling lightly in Orange County around 8 p.m. Monday night and by Tuesday morning turned into a heavy drizzle, said Jimmy Taeger, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service.

A plume of moisture about 200 percent of normal combined with low-level winds pushed the air mass upward, causing the Santa Ana Mountains to receive more rain than low-lying coastal areas, Taeger said.

As of 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Silverado Canyon had received 1.46 inches and Modjeska Canyon got 1.41 inches of rain, according to the National Weather Service.

In Huntington Beach 0.32 inches of rain fell while Laguna Hills got 0.33 inches, Fullerton received 0.31 inches and reporting stations in Santa Ana and Anaheim each recorded 0.19 inches of rain.

Rain is expected to taper off Tuesday night, but a low-pressure trough could bring precipitation back to Orange County on Thursday and Christmas Day, Taeger said.

Wednesday and Thursday daytime highs should be in the low- to mid-60s, while the low will be in the 50s.

The high on Christmas will be about 60, while the overnight low will be in the mid- to upper-40s, the National Weather Service said.

Contact the writer: 714-796-7767 sschwebke@ocregister.com Twitter: thechalkoutline

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