Round 2 of cold, windy storm sweeps into Southern California

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A second round of rain from a rare springtime storm has swept into Southern California -- along with heavy winds, and snow in the mountains.

The cold storm from the Gulf of Alaska brought bands of brief, heavy downpours yesterday to Los Angeles County and areas to the east and south. Firefighters rescued six motorists and a dog who became trapped in three feet of water on a San Diego street.

Forecasters have predicted scattered thunderstorms from San Diego north to Ventura County as the brunt of the system moves on shore and heads east.

The rain is doing little to ease the water shortages in the parched state. A climatologist with NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab says, "Anything wet is welcome" -- but that it's "not getting us out of the drought."

In Arizona, crews have been plowing highways in the Flagstaff and Williams areas after snow fell across the northern part of the state. The National Weather Service says more than seven inches fell at its office west of Flagstaff.

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APPHOTO CAJH101: Rain drops fall on a car parked outside a building, Friday, May 15, 2015, in Buena Park, Calif. A second round of rain from a rare spring storm swept into drought-stricken Southern California on Friday, along with heavy winds, snow in the mountains and the possibility of hail and lightning. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) (15 May 2015)

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