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Rain, Winds, Snow Wreak Havoc Along West Coast

Photo Courtesy - Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- West Coast residents are mopping up Thursday from another round of extreme weather that brought strong winds and heavy rain Wednesday to Southern California and blizzard conditions to Arizona.

Parts of Montana, Wyoming, New Mexico and Arizona are under blizzard warnings Thursday morning, and some areas can expect more than a foot of snow as the storm moves into Colorado.

Southern California residents are still recovering from the last week's storm that brought nearly a year's worth of rain in a week.  Motorists faced downed trees and rolling tumbleweeds resulting from strong winds on Southern California highways and a mudslide closed parts of the 91 freeway at the Riverside County border, according to the California Highway Patrol.  Local engineers are warning communities of the threat of more mudslides and flooding.

In the San Bernardino County town of Highland, homes were already buried in mud from last week's storms.

As a result of the storms, California's acting governor, Abel Maldonado, sent a letter to President Obama requesting a disaster declaration for the state.

While the rain and snow has moved on in California, cold temperatures and strong winds remain in the storm's wake.  A wind warning has been issued for Thursday night into early Friday morning for the passes and canyons near Los Angeles, where near-hurricane strength winds are possible.

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