- Associated Press - Monday, March 7, 2016

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Latest on storms in the West (all times local):

5:30 a.m.

A massive winter storm that walloped the Sierra Nevada with blizzard conditions is bringing powerful thunderstorms and dangerous surf to Southern California.

The National Weather Service is warning of possible flooding Monday as heavy rains along with thunder and lightning move through the greater Los Angeles area.

Flash flood watches are in place for foothill neighborhoods underneath wildfire burn areas, triggering fears of possible mudslides.

Snow was expected at the 5,000-foot level in mountains in Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties.

Up to two inches of snow per hour was predicted overnight for the Sierra Nevada, where drivers were warned of whiteout conditions.

Authorities in Yuba County said a woman died over the weekend after being trapped in a car that became submerged in floodwaters on a section of highway that was closed amid heavy rain.


2:00 a.m.

A section of Interstate 80 in the Sierra Nevada is closed due to blizzard conditions as another winter storm rolls into California.

Caltrans crews shut a section of the highway over Donner Summit late Sunday for an unknown duration.

The storm reached the northernmost part of the state Sunday evening and is expected to spread across California overnight. Forecasters warned of strong winds, heavy rain and snow and dangerous breaking waves along the coast.

A seven-day total could approach 20 inches of rain in Northern California and up to three inches in the southern end of the state. Meanwhile, forecasters warned of whiteout conditions in the Sierra Nevada, where up to two inches of snow could fall per hour.

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