New Western Storm

Thursday, December 30, 2010 - 10:02am

Another storm is causing major problems along the West Coast.

The weather situation has turned deadly on the Pacific Coast. Residents still recovering from last week's storm are getting hit with heavy weather once again. This time heavy rain and snow is causing major problems from southern California all the way north to Washington state.

More relentless rain in southern California, following a week of wet weather and mudslides so severe that some 100 residents were evacuated in the Highland area.

Highland resident Maria Ledford says "I'm afraid everyone is keeping their fingers crossed hoping we don't get more rain."

Authorities blame heavy rain and high winds for the death of a woman killed in Santa Rosa when a large tree crushed a tent at a wildlife preserve.

And there's desperation in Lake Tahoe, where a blizzard is complicating search efforts for a missing snowboarder.

Capt. Jeff Ausnow, Placer County Sheriff, says "it's been very difficult, the blizzard conditions, the heavy snow, the heavy winds, there are no tracks to find.”

Wild weather in Oregon as well. A rock slide rattles residents and closes part of Highway 99 in Oregon City. In Burns, a roof gives way under heavy snow, burying the business below.

And in Washington state, heavy snow is bringing white out conditions in some areas, up to five inches in the forecast for Spokane.

The fast-moving weather system is expected to produce heavy snow from northern Arizona to Minnesota.

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