The drenching and dusting is
expected to continue in California as weather forecasters predict more storms.
Several highways, including
portions of both Interstate 5 and Interstate 80, were closed earlier, though
both of the major routes were reopened by midday Tuesday, Jan. 4.
A National Weather Service
map showed a winter storm warning in the mountainous areas to the east and
north of Los Angeles, with flood warnings in place south of the city near Long
Rain was forecast in Los
Angeles itself, with rain and snow forecast for the Ventura County mountains.
Accumulations were expected to total between 18 and 36 inches before the storm
ended. The precipitation in both areas was predicted to continue through the
Other parts of the state
were fighting hazards as well. The California Department of Transportation had
placed a dense fog advisory on Interstate 80 and the Carquinez Bridge in the
San Francisco Bay area, and state Route 1 was closed just south of the San Luis
Obispo-Monterey county line because of a mudslide.
And while I-80 was reopened
through the Donner Pass, the region was still choked with snow. The Associated Press reported 16 feet of
snow have now fallen near the Donner Summit.
The situation does have one
upside, though: The massive precipitation has apparently ended the region’s