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Snow, heavy rain dumped on Southern Calif.

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California, USA
Powerful winter storm also brings high winds for fifth consecutive day

Ice cuts Calif. highway

Jan. 24: Hundreds of trucks and cars were caught overnight by iced-over roads that shut down a major highway north of Los Angeles. NBC's Jinah Kim reports. CLICK ON LINK OR IMAGE TO VIEW VIDEO


POINT MUGU Calif. - A powerful winter storm that unleashed a thick blanket of mountain snow, at least one tornado and heavy rains pounded Southern California for a second day early Friday.

Some areas Thursday received more rain than they did the entire year before, National Weather Service meteorologist Jamie Meier said, though experts said the moisture would do little to improve local water supplies.

By Friday morning, Long Beach had received 2.43 inches of rain, compared to 2.1 over the previous 12 months, Meier said. Downtown Los Angeles had received 2.25 inches and Santa Barbara was drenched with 5.4 inches.

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