New storm will bring more rain to L.A. and snow to Sierra

As one storm abates over California, another is on its way, bringing much-needed rain to parts of Southern California and heavy snow to the Sierra Nevada.

Most of the rain had fallen in Oxnard, in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties, according to the National Weather Service.

Downtown LA received a tenth of an inch, according to preliminary weather service precipitation data released at 5:25 p.m. Friday. No other area of ​​Los Angeles received more than about a third of an inch of rain.

The San Fernando Valley received more rainfall, with Porter Ranch receiving 1.24 inches, Northridge 0.64 inches, and Van Nuys 0.34 inches.

The vast majority of LA County had received less than a half inch of rain Friday night, the weather service said.

Though the area could have some rain over the weekend, forecasters expect most of the precipitation will stay north in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties, said David Gomberg, a meteorologist with the Oxnard Weather Service.

Between Friday night and Sunday, most LA County areas should see up to a third of an inch of rain, Gomberg said. Some mountain areas could see up to half an inch.

Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties will experience the wettest conditions, with 2 to 4 inches of rain for the weekend, according to the weather service.

Winter hasn’t officially started yet, but Los Angeles is off to a “good start” for above-average December rainfall. This was announced by the Oxnard office of the weather service in a tweet.

Meanwhile, the storm swept through the Sierra Nevada on Thursday, bringing heavy snowfall, rain, road closures and gusty winds, according to the weather service.

The UC Berkeley Central Sierra Snow Lab recorded a storm totaling about 20 inches, officials said. Dodge Ridge reported 24 inches at the summit and 20 inches at the base. Soda Springs and Kirkwood ski areas recorded about 20 inches, while King Vale ski area recorded about a foot.

At least 16 ski resorts reported some slopes were open and various lifts were operating early Friday morning, including Mammoth Mountain, Bear Mountain and Sugar Bowl.

The Sacramento Valley and foothills received at least a half inch of rain Thursday, with the upper foothills reaching about 2½ inches in some areas, according to the weather service. Rainfall totals in downtown Sacramento were 0.56 inches, while Paradise recorded 2.40 inches and Shasta Dam 1.16 inches.

Though Friday will be dry, a second storm is expected to hit the Sierra early Saturday morning, said Katrina Hand of the Sacramento National Weather Service. A storm watch will be in place Friday night through late Sunday over the mountains of Shasta County, the southern Cascade Mountains and the Sierra. The heaviest crowds are expected above 4,000 feet from Saturday afternoon through Sunday afternoon, Hand said.

Snow levels are expected to start near the pass heights on Saturday but drop to 4,000 to 5,000 feet by Sunday and Monday, meteorologists said. New storm will bring more rain to L.A. and snow to Sierra

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