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California to Get Much-Needed Rain, Snow After Dry Months

Light rain was also expected Saturday in Northern and Southern California.

U.S. Drought Monitor

What to Know

  • Winter’s very dry January and February have left the snowpack well below average.
  • The Los Angeles-area weather office predicted a “gloomy, drippy” Saturday.
  • Rainfall could last into Thursday and spread up the coast but mostly staying south of San Jose.

Parched California will likely get a modest dose of rain and snow during the weekend but a much more potent storm is expected to follow, forecasters said Friday.

Winter weather advisories were issued for the Sierra Nevada, where moderate snowfall was expected Saturday.

Although the state’s major reservoirs are in good shape after a very wet 2019, this winter’s very dry January and February have left this winter’s snowpack well below average.

Light rain was also expected Saturday in Northern and Southern California.

“Rainfall amounts are not overly impressive, but given the lack of rain in over a month it will be a welcomed sight,” the weather office for the San Francisco-Monterey region wrote.

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The Los Angeles-area weather office predicted a “gloomy, drippy” Saturday, followed by the arrival of a low-pressure system off Southern California.

Rainfall amounts are not overly impressive, but given the lack of rain in over a month it will be a welcomed sight.

weather office for the San Francisco-Monterey

Rainfall could last into Thursday and spread up the coast but mostly staying south of San Jose.

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