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Back-to-back storm fronts bring snow, rain to West

The second of two back-to-back storms was headed west this weekend, bringing another round of snow, rain and high winds.

Loveland, Colorado had whiteout conditions on Saturday as powerful storms swept through the state, causing dangerous driving conditions.

Heavy snow coupled with high winds forced some road closures. The wind gusts also kicked up massive dust clouds and blew tumbleweeds across roadways.

Seattle was also seeing snow on Saturday, making roadways slow and potentially treacherous.

Earlier this week, outside Portland, Oregon, rain from the first storm front to sweep through the Pacific Northwest caused landslides that brought mud and rocks crashing down on US Route 30, At least 10 big rigs are filled with debris removed from the highway. The road remained closed till Saturday night.

A mudslide along US Route 30, a highway located between the Oregon cities of Portland and Astoria. December 2, 2022.

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The first system dumped 24 inches of snow in the Sierra Nevada mountains on Thursday, and the National Weather Service’s Weather Prediction Center reported Saturday that a second storm was set to bring more “heavy snow” to the region.

“Just trying to get all the firewood out the front door, make sure there’s gas in the blower,” one person who lives in Sierra Nevada told CBS News.

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In this image taken from video from a Caltrans remote video traffic camera, a pair of trucks make their way through icy conditions along Interstate 80 in the Sierra Nevada mountains on December 1, 2022 in Donner Summit, California.

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The weather service said rain was also predicted for parts of Southern California on Saturday and Sunday.

As the cold front moves east Sunday and Monday, it is expected to bring temperatures down as far as the Atlantic Coast.

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