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Storm that caused tornado to bring cooler temperatures to L.A.

October 22, 2012 |  9:18 pm

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A powerful storm that caused a tornado and dumped snow in Northern California is expected to bring cooler temperatures to the Los Angeles area but only a small chance of rain, forecasters said.

Temperatures are expected to be below normal through Wednesday as the cold front moves across the area, the National Weather Service said. 

The storm could bring drizzle to Southern California on Tuesday morning and high winds to the Grapevine area by Wednesday, according to the Weather Service. 

Earlier Monday, the agency said it received reports of tornadoes touching down in Sutter, Yuba and Butte counties. But the only confirmed tornado was near Yuba City in Sutter County, about 40 miles north of Sacramento, according to officials.

Some trees and power lines were toppled and structures were damaged by high winds in an area stretching east from Sacramento to the Sierra Nevada foothills, officials said. No injuries were reported. The storm also dropped snow in the Sierra Nevada, forcing officials to close Interstate 80 on Monday night to trucks near Donner Lake, state transportation officials said.

Strong winds prompted transportation officials to advise motorists in vehicles with campers and pulling trailers to avoid crossing the Bay Bridge between Oakland and San Francisco.


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Photo: Tornado damage near Yuba City. Credit: KTXL-TV Fox 40 Sacramento