‘Pineapple Express’ pummels Golden State

Gregory Bull / Associated Press

Ruben Gomez pauses as he digs away some of the mud and flood debris that engulfed his parents’ home in the previous rainstorm as more rain falls in San Diego on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2024.

LOS ANGELES — Heavy rain flooded California roadways and much-needed snow piled up in the mountains as the first of back-to-back atmospheric rivers pummeled the state on Thursday.