However, the Department of Water Resources say it won't be enough to put a real dent in the drought.
The Department said Wednesday before the storm began, readings showed the water content of the snowpack had dropped to 10 percent of normal statewide.
The state's reservoirs are also only a third full.
Earlier this month, Governor Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency.
Snow Water Equivalents Divided Per Region for Jan. 30
- Northern Sierra - 6 percent normal for this date
- Central Sierra - 15 percent normal for this date
- Southern Sierra - 14 percent normal for this date
The drought can be blamed for a number of problems and the latest is a major decline in the duck population. A new survey shows lack of rain has led to poor habitats.
UPDATED: 6:45 p.m. - Containment has grown to 29 percent, and acreage burned to 17,622. Crews on the Washington Fire, three miles south of Markleeville, took advantage of light winds to increase containment.
California water regulators are again ordering some water rights holders to stop diverting water from rivers because of the drought. The order includes some rights for the city of San Francisco.
CAL FIRE increases staffing as the forecast of dry lightning and thunderstorms raises wildfire risk in northern California and western Nevada.
The Washington Fire has burned within about three miles of the small town of Markleeville in Alpine County. But crews have made protecting the community a priority.