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Powerful storm continues to slam California with rain, snow, wind

A flood watch remains in effect Tuesday across California, from San Diego in the south to Redding in the north, as a powerful storm continues to unleash rain, snow and wind on much of the West Coast.

The coastal California counties of Santa Barbara and Ventura have seen the most rainfall so far, with 8 to 11 inches accumulating over the past three days.

Areas further south in the Golden State have been somewhat spared but are expected to get heavy rain Tuesday morning, with local amounts of 1 to 3 inches possible from Los Angeles to San Diego.

PHOTO: Flood water gushes through San Ysidro Creek at the Randall debris basin, Feb. 19, 2024, in Montecito, Calif.

Flood water gushes through San Ysidro Creek at the Randall debris basin, Feb. 19, 2024, in Montecito, Calif.

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PHOTO: Workers clean up a residential street where a large tree branch fell knocking out power and damaging vehicles, Feb. 19, 2024, in Los Angeles.

Workers clean up a residential street where a large tree branch fell knocking out power and damaging vehicles, Feb. 19, 2024, in Los Angeles.

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The mountains in Los Angeles County already got up to 6 inches of rain, while downtown Los Angeles saw about 1 inch.

The city of Los Angeles is just 2 inches of rainfall away from having its wettest February on record.

PHOTO: Vehicles drive through the rain on the 101 freeway, Feb. 19, 2024, in Los Angeles.

Vehicles drive through the rain on the 101 freeway, Feb. 19, 2024, in Los Angeles.

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PHOTO: People walk in the rain on Hollywood Boulevard, Feb. 19, 2024, in Los Angeles,

People walk in the rain on Hollywood Boulevard, Feb. 19, 2024, in Los Angeles,

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In addition to rain, strong winds of 50 to 60 miles per hour were reported in spots from San Francisco to Los Angeles.

In parts of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, gusts were over 100 mph and 2 feet of snow had fallen.

The winds are forecast to ease Tuesday but, with an atmospheric river affecting the area, thunderstorms could form and bring gusts to Southern California.

PHOTO: A shopping cart sits in an overflow area of the Los Angeles River, swollen by storm runoff, Feb. 19, 2024, in Los Angeles.

A shopping cart sits in an overflow area of the Los Angeles River, swollen by storm runoff, Feb. 19, 2024, in Los Angeles.

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Winter storm warnings and snow alerts are in effect Tuesday from Southern California to Utah to Colorado, where an additional 1 to 2 feet of snow is possible.

The storm is expected to continue feeding moisture from the Pacific Ocean into California through Wednesday before moving out of the region by the evening.

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