King Tide Floods Beaches as Snow, Rain Continue to Hit in Southland

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    A widespread wintry mix dumped snow, heavy rain and wind across Southern California. Streets flooded in Moreno Valley and Running Springs was blanketed with snow, while the storm also awakened a 7-foot "King Tide," which flooded Sunset Beach. The storm was the first of as many as three expected to hit the Southland through the weekend. Janet Kwak reports from Granada Hills for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Dec. 13, 2012.

    Wintry weather brought snow, rain and floodings to Southern California Thursday  as a so-called king tide flooded Sunset Beach and other areas.

    Water washed over streets and parking lots in the Orange County beach community, as dogs gamboled in the water and a man in flowered swimming trunks stood outside his home with a fishing line.

    Flooding Fills Moreno Valley Streets

    [LA] Flooding Fills Moreno Valley Streets
    Many streets and neighborhoods in Moreno Valley were a muddy mess Thursday after flash flooding. The area was pounded by rain Wednesday night into Thursday morning, and the lower portion of the valley was hit hardest. Jacob Rascon reports from Moreno Valley for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Dec. 13, 2012.

    In the mountains, meanwhile, Thursday's forecast called for up to eight inches of snow above 6,000 feet.

    Riverside County was under an extreme weather advisory for most of the day. A flood advisory issued for the northwestern portion of the county lasted until 5 p.m., and a winter weather advisory for Idyllwild, Pine Cove and Vista Grande was in effect through 10 p.m.

    Temperatures in the L.A. basin hovered in the upper 50s to lower 60s on Thursday. Another storm system is expected to bring more wet weather Friday.

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    "King Tide" Causes Problems in Sunset Beach

    [LA] "King Tide" Causes Problems in Sunset Beach
    It was a wet beginning to the day Thursday for residents of Sunset Beach. A "king tide" washed over streets and parking lots in the Orange County beach community. Residents say the water started rising fast just after 8 a.m. Thursday. Angie Crouch reports from Sunset Beach for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Dec. 13, 2012.

    Overnight, a dusting of snow may hit the Golden State (5) Freeway as it passes over the Grapevine. The weather service warned of "hazardous driving conditions," and said reduced visibility may be caused by precipitation and/or gusty winds of up to 45 mph in the San Bernardino Mountains and high deserts.

    "The motoring public needs to understand that they need to actually plan ahead, give themselves a little bit more time to travel, slow down, and of course buckle up," said California Highway Patrol spokesman Officer John Lutz.

    King Tides Flood Sunset Beach

    [LA] King Tides Flood Sunset Beach
    Sunset Beach, near Seal Beach in Orange County, was flooded by king tides in the early morning of Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012. Raw video from NewsChopper 4.

    Lutz said he didn't expected the 5 Freeway to be closed over the Grapevine.

    "The combination of wet snow and low temperatures in the mountains could create a dangerous situation for campers and outdoor enthusiasts that are not prepared for the change in the weather conditions," the weather service warned.

    Weather Forecast: Thursday, December 13, 2012

    [LA] Weather Forecast: Thursday, December 13, 2012
    Here's a look at today's weather forecast.

    The Los Angeles County Public Works Department was expected to close several roads Thursday night should the conditions warrant it. The closures will be in effect until the storm has passed. More information is available at

    Conditions should dry out during the daytime Friday, and then a weaker storm system may bring precipitation that night and into Saturday. More rain may following Sunday and Monday morning.

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