California’s wet December is drawing to a close with even more rain and snow in a welcome respite amid years of drought.
Travel conditions remained hazardous as a winter storm swept across much of the northern Great Plains Monday, with blowing and drifting snow creating near-zero visibility on some roads.
A powerful storm forced the closure of Interstate 5 in Southern California on Saturday and made December the wettest month in downtown Los Angeles in six years.
A fast-moving cold front brought more rain and snow to California on Friday, starting in the north and then moving southward.
Dangerous, record-low temperatures caused cancellations of some holiday festivities in the Plains and Midwest over the weekend before the cold front pushed into the Ohio Valley and the Eastern Seaboard on Sunday.
Freezing rain downed trees and power lines and stranded some light-rail passengers in Portland for about three hours Saturday as the first winter storm of the season continued.
More snow is expected to fall on Hawaii mountaintops as a winter storm warning goes into effect through Monday.
Rain was making a rare visit to Southern California on Sunday, as parts of the drought-stricken region saw morning showers from a storm that already made for a wet weekend in the state’s north.
The flooding disaster is forecast to slowly unfold over the next several days as all that rain — more than a foot in places — flows into rivers and downstream, likely causing more inundation in many of the same places devastated by a similar deluge from Hurricane Floyd in 1999.
A weakening Hurricane Matthew lashed Georgia and the Carolinas on Saturday in what appeared to be the last leg of its march up the East Coast.