The first West Coast waves of a week of powerful storms arrived to provide strong evidence March will not be as parched as the month that preceded it.
The first round of storms moved out of Los Angeles County early Sunday and into the Inland Empire. Skies cleared for most of Southern California by the afternoon.
"Everyone saw some rain here," said NBC4 forecaster Shanna Mendiola. "We'll see a break before the next storm happens."
A high surf warning remains in effect for Ventura, Los Angeles and Orange county beaches.
More rain arrives Monday morning. Temperatures in the 60s are likely Sunday before cooler weather on Monday.
In Northern California, steady rain fell and was expected to spread statewide Sunday. Fresh and growing snow blanketed the slopes of the Sierra Nevada, ending a dry spell and raising hopes the drought-stricken state can get much needed precipitation.
Droves of snowboarders, skiers and sledders packed Sierra slopes while tourists braved wet weather and visited San Francisco landmarks before an even more blustery storm arrived later in the day.
Dozens of arriving flights into San Francisco International Airport were delayed by more than two hours, and dozens more short flights were canceled, officials said.