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Third Storm in a Week Brings More Rain, Snow to Northern California

A third winter-like storm in a week brought rain and strong winds to much of Northern California and snow to the Sierra Nevada on Sunday.

Sheets of pouring rain made for treacherous driving, forcing the California Highway Patrol to handle several collisions in the Bay Area.

One person was injured in an accident on Highway 101 that blocked all lanes near San Rafael, north of San Francisco, the California Highway Patrol said.

Forecasters said showers and thunderstorms are expected throughout the day, and officials are reminding residents to drive slow, saying there is debris and flooding on the freeways.

Mountain View police also took to Twitter to report downed power lines and power outages.

After a lull Saturday, the system moved into parched California overnight packing precipitation, strong winds, lightening and some hail.

The latest storm will dump slightly less rain in the state than the previous systems _ with the San Francisco Bay Area and the San Joaquin Valley expected to get up to about half an inch, National Weather Service meteorologist Nathan Owen said.

"We'll see a very similar storm to what we had the last round with less rain, but we're expecting a good bit of wind for this system," he said.

Storm Soaks Bay Area

The National Weather Service issued a strong wind advisory for the Bay Area that will stay in effect through Sunday night, saying wind with gusts of 40 to 50 mph are forecast for the area.

Winds delayed arriving and departing flights at the Oakland and San Francisco International airports, officials said.

The weather service warned that dry trees could topple and bring down power lines. "Driving may be difficult, especially for high-profile vehicles," it said.

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. said several there were several power outages in the Bay Area and that power was restored to hundreds of affected customers a few hours later.

Central California could also see winds gusting up to 55 mph and higher peaks in the Sierra Nevada could see up to two feet of snow, the weather service said.

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