California Sees More Rain, Plus Snow and Ice

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The first storm of the year has pounded California with more rain and snow.

For people living in Northern Californians, it feels like the rain hasn't stopped falling since winter began. Neighborhoods near the Sacramento River have already seen flooding.

And in Southern California, blowing snow and ice from another winter storm have made driving conditions treacherous.

Police were forced to shut down a stretch of Interstate 5 -- the main highway between southern and central California. No major traffic accidents were reported.

"We found out about 15 minutes after I passed the detour," one driver said. "So I could have saved myself a lot of time. But instead we spent an hour and a half in gridlock, now we get to turn around and go back where we came from."

More than an inch of rain has been forecast for the Los Angeles area with temperatures dipping into the 40s.

The wet weather was forecast to begin winding down Monday as the low pressure system near the central California coast dropped southeastward.

The mountain areas of the Golden State also enduring wind gusts of up to 90 miles and hour. The southern Sierra and Tehachapi rangers were expected to see snow totals ranging from 6 to 12 inches.

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