Winter storms and rains hit California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (HPD) — Dense fog swept through California’s Central Valley Wednesday as a winter storm left the state and another prepared to move in.

The new storm was expected to move across Northern California Wednesday night, followed by multiple rounds of precipitation for the rest of the week and into next week, the National Weather Service reported.

The first storm of the week arrived Monday night with winds, driving snow and torrential rains as it spread south.

By early Wednesday morning, the storm’s edge was all but clear of southern California, where another major storm was forecast for Saturday and Sunday.

The long-range forecast for Southern California indicates that Pasadena’s 138th Rose Parade will narrowly avoid stormy weather thanks to its tradition of holding the event on Jan. 2 if the New Year falls on a Sunday. The rain will return by midweek, forecasters said.

Data from the State Department of Water Resources shows that California’s mountain snowpack, a third of the state’s water supply, is off to a good start. But experts remain cautious. Last winter it had a similar start and then it became extraordinarily dry from January to March.

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