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California to see second storm of the week, with more to come

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – The second storm of the week was heading into northern California on Tuesday and other systems were lined up behind, with the potential to end a long fire season in that part of the state affected by drought. .

Rain is expected to spread over the area during the evening and overnight, bringing light accumulations of snow to the northern ridge of the Sierra Nevada, the National Weather Service said.

The first storm of the week moved through Sunday evening, bringing enough snow to close freeways on the highest passes in the Sierra and require chains for vehicles on Interstate 80. UC Berkeley Central Sierra Snow Lab at Donner Pass reported 10.3 inches (26.1 centimeters) of snow by 8 a.m. on Monday.

“It was a pretty crazy race for the first real storm of the year,” the Truckee office of the California Highway Patrol tweeted.

Light rains were expected to continue Wednesday, followed by “progressively wetter systems” Thursday and Friday, then more precipitation over the weekend and next week, the Sacramento weather office said.

After last winter’s paltry rains and snowfall, California wildfires have burned more than 3,898 square miles (10,096 square kilometers) and destroyed thousands of homes, businesses and other structures this year, mainly in the north.


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