Storms were predicted to keep pummeling California on Monday.
Thunderstorms, snow and fierce winds raked the northern part of the state on Sunday as another onslaught was poised to descend. Saturated soils meant an increased potential for roads to flood, rivers to rise and mud to slide.
The National Weather Service predicted up to several inches of rain “across much of central California through Tuesday.”
More than 60,000 customers were still without power on Sunday evening, from a high of 350,000, after 60 mph wind gusts sent trees smacking into power lines.
Gov. Gavin Newsom said 12 people had been killed in the violent weather over the past 10 days.
Heavy rainfall was predicted for most of central California on Monday that would extend to southern parts of the state, with potential for flash flooding the coastal ranges.
In the high latitudes of the Sierra Nevada, “extremely heavy snow and intense snowfall rates are anticipated to make travel very dangerous to impossible at times, including the potential for road closures,” the NWS said. “Total snowfall amounts greater than 6 feet are possible above 7,000 feet.”
A swelling Russian River prompted evacuation orders for about 13,000 residents of a flood-prone area north of San Francisco in Sonoma County.
The state has been barraged with severe weather from Pacific storms for days.
With News Wire Services