TODAY | December 01, 2012
>> reporter: this week, much of the west hammered by wicked winter weather . in california , snow, lightning and rivers of rain.
>> yeah, we're going to float on out of here.
>> reporter: in los angeles , sloppy conditions turned wet roads into a traffic nightmare. i-5 jammed for hours friday. downed trees, smashed cars and damaged homes.
>> that big tree back there just came downright in front of me. completely crashed.
>> in san francisco where wind speeds topped 40 miles an hour, thousands lost power. a deadly storm that claimed the life of a utility worker who died on slick roads. at sfo, 70 flights were cancelled, delays topped two hours. before the weekend is over, 12 inches of rain could fall in many areas. flash flood warnings are in effect across the region. for now, the rain has slowed, but another storm is on the way.
>> as miguel mentioned, the millions of people living in the pacific northwest are bracing for more bad weather .
>> dylan dreyer is tracking it for us. good morning.
>> good morning. these are powerful storms and we still have two more to go through before we start to see some relief in the pacific northwest . we have this upper level low pressure system , and this series of storms just trails in underneath that low pressure system , right into western california . you can see the rain is coming down still heavily at this time. it will weaken a bit as we go into this afternoon, but a stronger storm is going to make its way on sure as we go into sunday. so of course, because of that, we do have flood threats. we have flood watches and flash flood watches all across california up in into southwestern oregon as well. we are going to see the potential for an additional six to possibly eight inches of rainfall. most areas will pick up an additional four to five inches on top of the eight to ten inches of rain that we have already seen out of the series of storms. we're also looking at strong gusty winds on top of all this rain. the ridge of the sierras could see wind gusts up to 140 miles per hour. most areas will pick up wind gusts around 60 to 80 miles per hour. we also have mountain snow to talk about, another eight to 12 inches of snow possible. so because of that, we do have winter storm watches and warnings, mostly in the highest elevations. but again, this is mainly a rain event. tomorrow's rain on sunday will perhaps produce another eight to ten inches of rainfall across the area. but by tuesday, lester, we will start to get a break.