Spring storm soaks parts of California, snow expected in mountains

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Los Angeles City Hall is pictured from behind glass covered in droplets on a rainy day in March 2020. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles City Hall is pictured from behind glass covered in droplets on a rainy day in March 2020. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

 Several feet of snow are predicted for California’s Sierra Nevada during a spring storm bringing rain to much of the state on Sunday.

The low-pressure system came in from the Pacific along the northern coast before soaking the San Francisco Bay Area.

Southern California was forecast to receive periods of heavy rain and mountain snow later in the day and into Monday.

Rainfall rates for greater Los Angeles could range from 2 inches in coastal and valley areas, and up to 3 inches in the foothills and mountains, the National Weather Service said.

The rain could create the potential for roadway flooding and minor mud and debris flows around recent burn areas, forecasters said.

The possibility of scattered showers will continue for much of the week, according to the weather service.

Sierra snow totals could top 2 feet (0.61 meters) in some areas, while crests could get nearly double that. Motorists were urged to use caution in the mountains, where some roads were closed.

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