California Rain Shuts Down Highways; Flagstaff Schools Canceled By Snow
A series of storm systems impacting the West Coast has closed and flooded highways in California and iced over parts of Oregon and Washington, where a plane skidded off a runway in Spokane. While wet conditions are normal for the area this time of year, the amount of precipitation being received is unusual.
"January is historically the second-wettest month of the year at Los Angeles, but the presence of a strong El Niño favors above-average precipitation across Southern California," said weather.com meteorologist Quincy Vagell. "It is no surprise that a wet pattern is emerging after what has been one of the strongest El Niños on record."