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California mtns have seen 21 inches of rain!


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Flooding and mudslides in Southern California

8:35 P.M. ET 1/9/2005


M. Ressler, Sr. Meteorologist, The Weather Channel



Many areas of Southern California remain under flash flood warnings as another surge of subtropical moisture sweeps the region with heavy downpours. The warnings blanket many coastal and coastal mountain locations where another 2 to 5 inches of rain are expected by Monday morning and the warnings extend into the interior as far east as northwest Arizona. Since Thursday, over 21 inches of rain have inundated some spots in the mountains. Downtown Los Angeles has picked up 4.5 inches. The saturated steep terrain, especially in the burn areas, is giving way producing numerous rock and mud slides. In other areas of the West, heavy snow, not heavy rain, is falling. Heavy snow warnings remain posted for California's Sierra Nevada, the mountains of southern Nevada, and the ranges of Utah and western Colorado. Some of the heaviest snowfall (an additional 1 to 5 feet) is forecast for the southern Sierra and Colorado's San Juan Mountains through Tuesday morning.

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