8 Feet Of Snow Possible In Mountains As Powerful Storm Lashes California

"The storm brought much-needed moisture to the broader region that’s been gripped by drought."

"A powerful storm walloped California with heavy rain and snow on Tuesday, as several inches of rain fell in the Los Angeles area and feet of snow were reported the Sierra Nevada.

The storm wreaked travel havoc across the state due to the rain and snow. It also raised the threat of mudslides in areas scarred by wildfires, prompting evacuation orders in southern California.

Nearly 7 inches of rain fell before dawn in one area of Santa Barbara County, northwest of Los Angeles, the National Weather Service said. The ongoing heavy rain will continue to create areas of flash flooding, with urban areas, roads and small streams the most vulnerable, the Weather Service said.

Further north, in the central Sierra Nevada, a whopping 2-4 feet of snow was forecast to pile up with local amounts to 6-8 feet over the highest elevations by Tuesday night, AccuWeather said."

Doyle Rice reports for USA TODAY December 14, 2021.

Source: USA TODAY, 12/15/2021