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Storm Expected To Sweep Through Northern California

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7:45 a.m. -- The storm passing over California this afternoon will add some much-needed snow to the Sierra Thursday.

Mike Smith is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sacramento. He says a Pacific low-pressure system is moving in off the coast. 

"We're expecting probably somewhere between three and six inches at pass level," says Smith. "I think a lot of the roads will be impacted by it so we are expecting the possibility of chain controls and issues on some of the higher passes."

Smith says it won't be a drought-buster, but it's still welcome across the driest parts of California.

"We're still only at about 70 percent of normal here in Sacramento," says Smith. "The snow pack is well below 50 percent. This isn't going to help it a whole lot, but every little bit helps."

After dropping about a quarter-inch of rain in the Sacramento Valley, the bulk of the storm will head south this evening and leave up to half an inch of rain around Los Angeles.

-Capital Public Radio Staff

6 a.m. -- The National Weather Service says a storm system that's unusually strong for this time of year is heading toward the coast of California.

The system is expected to land in Northern California early Thursday then sweep toward Southern California. It's expected to dump a quarter inch in Northern California, and grow stronger as it heads south.

Los Angeles could get up to half an inch. Flooding and debris flows are possible.

-Capital Public Radio Staff