Soggy California gets wind, rain from new storm

Vern Fisher/Monterey Herald AP PhotoProperty manager Alan Lambert works to clear a drain to minimize flooding at a client's home Monday

Vern Fisher/Monterey Herald AP PhotoProperty manager Alan Lambert works to clear a drain to minimize flooding at a client's home Monday

Another storm moved into water-logged California on Tuesday with the potential to create more flooding and trigger mudslides.

The evening commute was wet in the San Francisco Bay Area and elsewhere in Northern California, with the rain expected to continue through Wednesday.

The National Weather Service issued a flood advisory for Marin County until 8:15 p.m. The storm was expected to bring up to 7 inches of snow to the Central Sierra, with wind gusts of up to 45 mph possible.

In Southern California, between 1 and 2 inches of rain was expected at higher elevations, with snow higher than 6,000 feet.

The storms triggered fresh fears of mudslides in foothill neighborhoods that are below wildfire-scarred mountains and were swamped by debris in strong storms last week.

A high-surf advisory was in effect along the Los Angeles County coast until Wednesday afternoon.

The state has been hit hard by rain and snow over the past week. Last week's wind and rainfall caused widespread flooding and power outages in Northern California, including in downtown San Francisco.

Another storm system came through Monday, though forecasters say that storm and this week's aren't nearly as powerful as the one last week.

And while the storms help, much more rain is needed to pull the state out of its severe drought, forecasters say.

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