The second storm, forecasters say, could bring thunder and dump up to 2 inches of rain in central and southern valleys, 2 to 4 inches in the foothills and up to 6 inches in some mountain spots.
State water officials plan Thursday to survey the anemic mountain snow pack, and will likely find that California's precipitation is badly lagging what's needed to quench the region's thirst. 2013 was California's driest year on record.
In Nevada, the first of back-to-back storms dropped several inches of snow at Lake Tahoe and up to a foot and one-half on the mountain ridges.
A winter weather advisory was put into effect from 4 p.m. Wednesday to 10 a.m. Thursday for the Reno-Tahoe area, south to Mammoth Lakes.
The second wave of wetter weather begins Friday night into Saturday.
Just a little bit of rain and snow is all we got from the recent weather system through the Central Valley and Northern California.
As the California drought wears on, it might seem like more creative solutions are in order. But it might not yet be time for drastic measures.
The higher temperatures will be sticking around for another day-- even approaching record territory in Sacramento Monday.
A storm system that's headed to Sacramento and the Sierra Friday and Saturday could bring with it thunderstorms and even hail.
The latest U.S. Drought Monitor points to California's dwindling snowpack in its latest report.