• BREAKING NEWS ABC shows live and on-demand -- Download the WATCH ABC app!

Rain, winds in Northern California knock down trees

Heavy rain triggered a mudslide and then trees came crashing down onto a house in Monte Rio, just outside of Santa Rosa.

March 15, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
Heavy rain and winds on Wednesday knocked down trees and caused flooding on roads in Central and Northern California.

Rain triggered a mudslide and then three trees came crashing down onto a house in Monte Rio, just outside of Santa Rosa. A neighbor tried to check on the house but couldn't get very close. Luckily, the homeowner wasn't there at the time.

The late winter storm have caused some isolated power outages. Rainfall totals in some areas topped six inches over a 24-hour period starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Rain was expected to taper off at night, with another storm system moving in Thursday and continuing through the weekend, when thunderstorms and small hail are possible, a meteorologist said.

California is well below its average precipitation totals for the year, so the storms will help. The state's snowpack was 34 percent of normal as of Wednesday morning, up a couple of percentage points from the previous day, said Maury Roos with the California Department of Water Resources.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.