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
As the forecast for a wet December improves, a new study says only so much water can be stored by future dam or reservoir projects in California.
The National Weather Service is offering a more positive forecast for the likelihood of a wet December in California.
(AP) - Officials say residents of a California community where hundreds of home wells have run dry can now take hot showers in portable facilities set up in a church parking lot.
The U.S. Drought Monitor measures the impact of the drought across the nation and California cattle ranchers have millions of dollars at stake based on that information. But some are questioning the accuracy of the data.
The drought has caused contamination and the closure of some groundwater wells at South Lake Tahoe.