Stormy Climate Means Wet, Snowy Northern California Christmas – CBS San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – The first in a predicted series of storms invades California, bringing the likelihood of a rainy and snowy Christmas, forecasters said.

A storm hit northern California and could bring up to an inch of rain on Wednesday, but it was slow moving and shouldn’t reach the south until Thursday, forecasters said.

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The San Francisco Bay Area Weather Bureau called it “the long-awaited but slowly arriving Pacific cold front,” and estimated it could bring a few inches of rain to the north by Saturday.

The south could see up to 3 inches of rain in coastal areas and valleys and up to 5 inches in the mountains, forecasters said.

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Heavy snowfall was expected in the Sierra Nevada, with accumulations of 6 feet to 8 feet, with localized amounts of up to 3 feet, the Sacramento Weather Bureau said.

Mountain travel could be “very difficult if not impossible,” and people were urged to avoid it from mid-week through the weekend, the office said.

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