At least 4 reported dead in California storms

The mother of a missing 18-year-old woman places her hand to her head after viewing the scene where her daughter's car careened off the road Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, on Niles Canyon Road near Fremont, Calif. The unidentified woman's car plunged into rushing waters after colliding with another vehicle on Saturday and is suspected as being in the submerged vehicle. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
A man points as the parents and friends of a missing 18-year-old woman look at what they believe to be their daughter's submerged car in Alameda Creek on Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, near Fremont, Calif. The unidentified woman's car plunged into rushing waters after colliding with another vehicle on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, and she is suspected of being in the submerged vehicle. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Isabella Busse , 6, walks through floodwater near the Seal Beach Pier during a storm in Seal Beach, Calif., Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017. The heavy downpour on Sunday drenched Orange County in one of the heaviest storms of the year. Fast-moving floodwaters swept through California mountain communities and residents fled homes below hillsides scarred by wildfires as the third in the latest series of storms brought a deluge Sunday and warnings about damaging mudslides. (Ana Venegas/The Orange County Register via AP)
Floodwater is pumped out over a sand berm and toward the ocean in Seal Beach, Calif., on Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. The tail end of a punishing winter storm system lashed California with thunderstorms and severe winds Monday after breaking rainfall records, washing out roads and whipping up enormous waves. (AP Photo/Amy Taxin)
A rainbow is shown in front of the skyline from Bernal Heights Hill in San Francisco Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. The tail end of a punishing winter storm system lashed California with thunderstorms and severe winds Monday after breaking rainfall records, washing out roads and whipping up enormous waves. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Dogwalker Vincent Flores looks toward a rainbow from Bernal Heights Hill in San Francisco, Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. The tail end of a punishing winter storm system lashed California with thunderstorms and severe winds Monday after breaking rainfall records, washing out roads and whipping up enormous waves. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Emma Brown throws snowballs with her family and friends Monday Jan. 23, 2017, in Hesperia, Calif. Sunshine and rainbows alternated with thunderclaps, downpours, snow and hail on Monday as the last in a trio of storms broke up over California after flooding roads and homes and trapping people in swamped vehicles. (James Quigg/The Daily Press via AP)
People play in the snow Monday Jan. 23, 2017, in Hesperia, Calif. Sunshine and rainbows alternated with thunderclaps, downpours, snow and hail on Monday as the last in a trio of storms broke up over California after flooding roads and homes and trapping people in swamped vehicles. (James Quigg/The Daily Press via AP)
Family members embrace near the banks of Alameda Creek after the site of a submerged vehicle believe to contain the body of a missing 18-year-old woman was located Monday, Jan. 23, 2017 near Fremont, Calif. The unidentified woman's car plunged into rushing waters after colliding with another vehicle on Niles Canyon Road on Saturday. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
The parents of a missing 18-year-old woman walk along Niles Canyon Road Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, to the scene where their daughter's car careened off the road, near Fremont, Calif. The unidentified woman's car plunged into the rushing waters of Alameda Creek after colliding with another vehicle on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, and she is suspected as being in the submerged vehicle. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
A man walks along Bernal Heights Hill in San Francisco, Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. The tail end of a punishing winter storm system lashed California with thunderstorms and severe winds Monday after breaking rainfall records, washing out roads and whipping up enormous waves. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Dogwalker Vincent Flores walks along Bernal Heights Hill in San Francisco, Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. The tail end of a punishing winter storm system lashed California with thunderstorms and severe winds Monday after breaking rainfall records, washing out roads and whipping up enormous waves. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Floodwater is pumped out over a sand berm and toward the ocean in Seal Beach, Calif., on Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. The tail end of a punishing winter storm system lashed California with thunderstorms and severe winds Monday after breaking rainfall records, washing out roads and whipping up enormous waves. (AP Photo/Amy Taxin)

LOS ANGELES — Sunshine and rainbows alternated with thunderclaps, downpours, snow and hail on Monday as the last in a trio of storms broke up over California after flooding roads and homes and trapping people in swamped vehicles.

At least four people died, three were missing and others were rescued from raging floodwaters during the storms.

Anguished relatives gathered along a creek in Alameda County southeast of San Francisco as searchers looked for an 18-year-old woman whose car plunged into the rushing waterway after a collision late Saturday.

Two other people remained missing after being reported in waters off Pebble Beach on Saturday. The search along the Monterey Peninsula was suspended.

In Los Angeles, receding stormwater revealed a body in dense vegetation at a regional park in the Harbor City area. The cause of death was not known, but the Fire Department said the body may be that of a man reported missing Sunday night.

The powerful weekend tempest added to impressive amounts of precipitation that have suddenly arrived in a state after years of withering drought.

By afternoon, downtown Los Angeles had recorded 14.3 inches of rain since the start of the water year on Oct. 1, less than a half-inch away from the average for the entire season.

Heavy snow in the Sierra Nevada triggered an avalanche that shut down a highway just west of Lake Tahoe. Officials warned of continuing avalanche danger at all elevations of the Sierra. In northern Nevada, schools were canceled after more than a half-foot of snow fell near Reno.

Flood watches and warnings remained in place for much of Southern California, a day after nearly 4 inches of rain fell south of Los Angeles, inundating roadways, toppling trees and raising fears of damaging mudslides.

Low-elevation snow dusted rural communities just north of Los Angeles while resort communities to the east in the San Bernardino Mountains were digging out from more heavy snow. Many schools in the inland region closed for the day.

Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday declared a state of emergency for 50 California counties that were drenched by December and January storms that caused tens of millions of dollars in damage.

The two proclamations are designed to provide state assistance to local governments coping with flooding, mudslides and erosion and to help obtain federal emergency funding to fix damaged roads and highways.

Brown's proclamations said the damage has created "conditions of extreme peril" to people and property.

A chance of showers was expected to persist into early Tuesday before a ridge of high pressure brings fair weather through early next week — a sharp turnabout from the hours of rain that hit Southern California Sunday.

Ryan Schwarzrock, 35, and his wife, Emily Earhart, 32, were at home in Seal Beach, south of Los Angeles, when the rain began to pound. The couple watched the street that winds through their mobile home community fill with water. Then, the water crept over the concrete step leading up to their home.

"It just started seeping in," said Earhart. "We started getting towels and realized it wasn't going to do it."

Other Southern Californians were able to find some fun in the floods, paddleboarding and rafting through streets. A helmeted man raced a personal watercraft through suburban Fullerton.

The storm was accompanied by huge surf along the coast.

A historic WWI-era ship called the S.S. Palo Alto beached near Santa Cruz was torn apart by massive waves Saturday. It had been a landmark since it was intentionally grounded and connected to shore with a pier in 1930 in a failed venture to create a seaside entertainment destination.

Elsewhere in the West, avalanche warnings were issued for northern Utah, where heavy snow snarled traffic and led to numerous fender benders. Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter signed a disaster declaration for Washington County due to snow accumulations. A vacant bar in Payette, Idaho, collapsed early Sunday under the weight of snow.

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Associated Press writers Amy Taxin in Orange County, California, Kristin J. Bender in San Francisco and Scott Sonner in Reno, Nevada, contributed to this report.

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