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New Pacific Storms Bring More Rain and Snow to the Northwest (VIDEO)

At the height of the weekend storms, more than two million people from Eureka to Los Angeles were without power.

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Information and video courtesy: AccuWeather.com

(SALEM, Ore.) - Forecasters report a new Pacific storm will bring more rain and snow to the Northwest today; however, the snow and rain totals will be nowhere near the amounts produced by the deadly storms that pounded the West over the weekend.

Moderate to heavy snow will fall today in the Cascades and the northern Sierra Nevada. By Tuesday night, an additional one to two feet of snow could be added to the incredible snowfall amounts produced by the twin monster storms that slammed into the West Coast over the past several days.

The Associated Press reports the storm piled up to 11 feet of snow in the Sierra Nevada and toppled nearly 500 miles of power lines in California.

At the height of the storms, more than two million people from Eureka to Los Angeles were without power. Thousands of homes in Oregon and Washington also went dark for hours as crews labored through the night to restore power.

With the storms moving east, skiers and snowboarders will finally be able to enjoy the fruits of the storms. In his blog, AccuWeather.com Community Director and Meteorologist Jesse Ferrell cited the following extreme snowfall totals at western resorts over the 72-hour period ending at noon Sunday:


* Kirkwood, Calif.: 132"

* Heavenly, Calif.: 96"

* Sierra at Tahoe: 90"

* Mammoth Mt.: 72"

* Squaw Valley: 68"

* Mt. Shasta: 67"

Meanwhile, residents of nearly 300 homes in Fernley, Nevada, hope to return to their homes today after the collapse of an earthen levee flooded the town.

The active storm pattern in the Northwest will continue this week, while California will come under the influence of high pressure parked off the southwest coast.

Watch the continually updated Northwest weather report which you can also find on our Weather Page:

Special thanks to AccuWeather.com




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