New El Nino Storm Moves Into California

Richard Polich crosses a street in the rain on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, in San Francisco. El Nino storms lined up in the Pacific, promising to drench parts of the West for more than two weeks and increasing fears of mudslides and flash floods in regions stripped bare by wildfires. Stronger systems are predicted starting Tuesday following light rain a day earlier. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
A California resident crosses a street in the rain on Tuesday, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)



The thousand-mile coast of California is covered in warnings, watches and advisories for rain, flooding and high surf as another El Nino storm moves in from the Pacific. The system Wednesday will pack colder temperatures, stronger winds and heavier rainfall than the two previous storms that have battered the state since the weekend.

Motorists in mountain areas are warned that blizzard conditions are possible above 4,000 feet — including several inches of snow and wind gusts up to 60 mph.

Flash flooding and flows of mud and debris are a concern in foothill neighborhoods beneath areas left barren by last year’s wildfires.

The National Weather Service says 1.42 inches of rain fell Tuesday at Los Angeles International Airport, beating the 1979 record for the date by a tenth of an inch.