Storm Battering Northern Calif.

300K lose power under onslaught of wind, rain; enormous snowfall totals forecast
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 4, 2008 2:51 PM CST
A monster storm will finally make its way out of the Northeast, allowing snow to very gradually end by the end of the day. Meanwhile, a Pacific system will bring another round of rain and high elevation...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Thousands of Northern California residents are without power today as a massive storm buffets the region with winds over 80 mph and heavy rains. As many as 313,000 lost power in the San Francisco Bay Area, where some bridges were closed and ferry service was interrupted, the Chronicle reports. And a second, worse storm is forecast to hit tonight, the Mercury News reports.

That storm could bring up to 10 feet of snow in some places. Blizzard warnings are in effect in the Sierra Nevada, where winds could hit 100 mph. “Attempting to travel in the Sierra will put your life at risk!” warned the National Weather Service, because the snow will keep out potential rescuers. Mudslides are also expected, thanks to wildfire-ravaged topsoil.