AP's LATEST ON CA WEATHER: Sierra Snow and Avalanche Warning

Part of Pacific Coast Highway has been closed, and officials prepare for more rain, snow and perhaps avalanches in California.

Posted: Jan 6, 2019 11:01 AM

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (AP) - The Latest on storms in California (all times local):

10:45 a.m.

Avalanche warnings have been posted in parts of California, Nevada and Utah after a winter storm dumped heavy snow on the region.

The Sierra Avalanche Center issued a backcountry avalanche warning for the Lake Tahoe area stretching south into the Sierra along the California-Nevada line from noon Sunday until 7 a.m. Monday.

The National Weather Service says blizzard conditions with gale-force winds could trigger widespread avalanche activity.

Two feet (61 centimeters) of snow was reported at Mammoth Mountain 150 miles (241.39 kilometers) south of Tahoe. More than a foot (30 cm) fell in the upper elevations around Tahoe, including 19 inches (48 cm) at Squaw Valley.

Nine inches (23 cm) of new snow was reported Sunday in parts of northern Utah, where an avalanche warning was in effect for the Wasatch Range, Bear River Range and Western Uinta Mountains.


10:35 a.m.

Rapper Soulja Boy was among motorists whose cars were trapped by mudslides caused by a powerful storm that shut down Southern California's Pacific Coast Highway.

The 28-year-old retweeted a photo of the mudslides in Malibu on Saturday

He says: "My car got stuck too almost went into the ocean" and posted along with a prayer emoji.

Soulja Boy's real name is DeAndre Cortez Way and he has retweeted well wishes from fans and news stories about the mudslides.

No injuries were reported after heavy rains swept through greater Los Angeles, loosening hillsides in areas scorched by recent wildfires.

The highway remains closed Sunday as crews tow away trapped cars and clear the lanes.

Soulja Boy's last album is "Young Drako." It was released in October.


8:55 a.m.

A winter storm unleashed mudslides in Southern California wildfire burn areas and trapped motorists on a major highway, and the northern part of the state is bracing for more wet weather.

Saturday's deluge loosened hillsides in Malibu where a major fire burned last year, clogging the Pacific Coast Highway with mud and debris.

The scenic route remains closed Sunday as crews tow away trapped cars and clear lanes. No injuries are reported.

Rainfall caused delays Saturday at San Francisco International Airport.

Forecasters say another strong system will bring rain and snow to Northern California beginning late Sunday.

Motorists are urged to use caution on mountain roads, where up to 4 feet (1.2 meters) of snow could fall in the Sierra Nevada

Scattered showers are expected across greater Los Angeles.

(Copyright 2019 The Associated Press)

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