Western storm brings heavy rain, snow to center of country; East continues thaw

In this photo provided by Santa Barbara County Fire Department, Santa Barbara County Fire Search Dog Reilly looks for victims in damaged and destroyed homes in Montecito, Calif.PlayAP
WATCH New flooding concerns as rain continues in Southern California

As Southern California continues to dig out from deadly mudslides and flooding, the only good news is that the storm is over and has left the state.

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The highest rainfall total in San Bernardino County was 7.69 inches in the last 48 hours, while Ventura County saw as much as 5.9 inches.

The storm is moving west on Wednesday morning. Ahead of the storm, more than a dozen states from Arizona to Wisconsin have wind and snow alerts as the storm moves across the country.

PHOTO: Dozens of states were under wind and snow alerts as a storm moves across the country.ABC News
Dozens of states were under wind and snow alerts as a storm moves across the country.

The storm is moving through the Rockies on Wednesday morning, and is expected to strengthen as it moves into the Great Plains.

By Thursday, the storm system will move into the Mississippi Valley with snow for the Northern Plains and thunderstorms with lightning and gusty winds for the mid-Mississippi Valley and the Deep South.

PHOTO: A storm, which was moving through the Rockies on Wednesday morning, is expected to hit the East by Thursday. ABC News
A storm, which was moving through the Rockies on Wednesday morning, is expected to hit the East by Thursday.

The storm system picks up moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic by Friday, bringing heavy rain to the East Coast from the Carolinas to Maine. Some flash flooding is possible.

PHOTO: A storm is forecast to bring heavy rain and snow to the East Coast on Friday. ABC News
A storm is forecast to bring heavy rain and snow to the East Coast on Friday.

Behind the storm system, much colder air will turn any leftover precipitation into snow. Snowfall totals could surpass half a foot from the Rockies into the Midwest and eventually inland in the Northeast by the weekend.

PHOTO: A storm could bring as much of 6 inches of snow to parts of the Rockies and Midwest this weekend. ABC News
A storm could bring as much of 6 inches of snow to parts of the Rockies and Midwest this weekend.

January thaw continues in East

Snow and ice continues to melt in the Midwest and the Northeast Wednesday as above normal temperatures continue for the regions.

Forecast highs will be near 50 from Chicago to Detroit today, about 15 to 20 degrees above normal.

PHOTO: Forecast highs will be near 50 degrees from Chicago to Detroit on Wednesday.ABC News
Forecast highs will be near 50 degrees from Chicago to Detroit on Wednesday.

The warmth moves into the Northeast by Friday, accompanied by very heavy rain.

Temperatures in the 50s and even 60s are possible from Washington, D.C. to Boston on Friday. These temperatures are 15 to 20 degrees above normal for January.

PHOTO: Snow and ice continued to melt in the Midwest and Northeast on Wednesday amid above-average temperatures.ABC News
Snow and ice continued to melt in the Midwest and Northeast on Wednesday amid above-average temperatures.

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