Wet, wintry and wild: California gets more rain and snow

| Tuesday, January 04, 2005

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 Beach.

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 weekend.

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 drought.

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