California dries out — and digs out — after a powerful storm dumps rain and snow | Drafmedia.com

California dries out — and digs out — after a powerful storm dumps rain and snow | Drafmedia.com

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Traffic maneuvers astir a fallen histrion aft a it was blown implicit by a passing tempest successful Los Angeles connected Sunday. Richard Vogel/AP hide caption

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Traffic maneuvers astir a fallen histrion aft a it was blown implicit by a passing tempest successful Los Angeles connected Sunday.

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LOS ANGELES — California was drying retired and digging retired connected New Year's Day aft a almighty tempest brought drenching rainfall oregon dense snowfall to overmuch of the state, snarling postulation and closing large highways.

Dozens of drivers were rescued connected New Year's Eve on Interstate 80 adjacent Lake Tahoe aft cars spun retired successful the snow, the California Department of Transportation said. The cardinal way to the mountains from the San Francisco Bay Area reopened aboriginal Sunday to rider vehicles with chains.

"The roads are highly slick truthful let's each enactment unneurotic and dilatory down truthful we tin support I-80 open," the California Highway Patrol said connected Twitter. Several different highways, including State Route 50, besides reopened.

Pedestrians locomotion on a roadworthy arsenic a snowfall plow works successful South Lake Tahoe, connected Saturday. Stephen Lam/AP hide caption

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Pedestrians locomotion on a roadworthy arsenic a snowfall plow works successful South Lake Tahoe, connected Saturday.

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More than 4 feet (1.2 meters) of snowfall had accumulated successful the precocious Sierra Nevada, and the Mammoth Mountain Ski Area said heavy, bedewed snowfall would origin large delays successful chairlift openings. On Saturday, the edifice reported galore assistance closings, citing precocious winds, debased visibility and ice.

In the state's capital, astatine slightest 40,000 customers were inactive without powerfulness aboriginal Sunday, down from much than 150,000 a time earlier, according to a Sacramento Municipal Utility District online map.

A alleged atmospheric stream tempest pulled successful a agelong and wide plume of moisture from the Pacific Ocean. Flooding and stone slides closed portions of roads crossed the state.

Nurse Katie Leonard, left, hands a cupful of blistery beverage to Patsy Costello, 88, arsenic she sits trapped successful her conveyance for implicit an hr successful Pleasant Hill, Calif., connected Saturday. Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group via AP hide caption

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Nurse Katie Leonard, left, hands a cupful of blistery beverage to Patsy Costello, 88, arsenic she sits trapped successful her conveyance for implicit an hr successful Pleasant Hill, Calif., connected Saturday.

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Rainfall successful downtown San Francisco deed 5.46 inches (13.87 cm) connected New Year's Eve, making it the second-wettest time connected record, down a November 1994 deluge, the National Weather Service said. Videos connected Twitter showed mud-colored h2o streaming on San Francisco streets, and a staircase successful Oakland turned into a veritable waterfall by dense rains.

CalTrans workers wide a downed histrion blocking postulation successful some lanes of authorities Highway 68 successful Monterey, Calif., connected Saturday. Nic Coury/AP hide caption

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CalTrans workers wide a downed histrion blocking postulation successful some lanes of authorities Highway 68 successful Monterey, Calif., connected Saturday.

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In Southern California, respective radical were rescued aft floodwaters inundated cars successful San Bernardino and Orange counties. No large injuries were reported.

With the portion drying retired connected New Year's Day and nary rainfall expected during Monday's Rose Parade successful Pasadena, spectators began staking retired their spots for the yearly floral spectacle.

The rainfall was welcomed successful drought-parched California. The past 3 years person been the state's driest connected grounds — but overmuch much precipitation is needed to marque a important difference.

It was the archetypal of respective storms expected to rotation crossed the authorities successful the span of a week. Saturday's strategy was warmer and wetter, portion storms this week volition beryllium colder, said Hannah Chandler-Cooley, a meteorologist astatine the National Weather Service successful Sacramento.

The Sacramento portion could person a full of 4 to 5 inches (10 to 13 centimeters) of rainfall implicit the week, Chandler-Cooley said.

Another circular of dense showers was besides forecast for Southern California connected Tuesday oregon Wednesday, the National Weather Service's Los Angeles-area bureau said.

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