A series of winter storms is forecast to continue hammering California with several feet of heavy snow and driving rain over the next few days and into the weekend, good news for the drought-plagued state and for ski areas, but potentially bad news for travelers and homeowners worried about floods and mudslides. Meanwhile, a storm could also spread a

stripe of snow across the South, all the way from Texas to Virginia, from late Thursday into Saturday. In the West, “the combination of storms through this weekend has the potential to bring the biggest amount of rain and mountain snow to California since the drought began several years ago,” according to AccuWeather meteorologist Jim Andrews. READ MORE