Storm Brings Impressive Rain, Snow to California

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - While no one is declaring an end to California's drought worries yet, National Weather Service forecasters say the first significant storm to hit the northern part of the state in 14 months has produced impressive amounts of rain and snow.

Meteorologist Scott McGuire in Reno estimated that Lake Tahoe received 13.5 billion gallons of water in a 24-hour period that ended Sunday morning. At Tahoe's ski resorts, that translated into at least three feet of new snow since Friday, as well as severe avalanche danger.

Parts of the northern San Francisco Bay area saw sizable amounts of rain along with flash flood warnings. The community of Woodacre, which has the highest base elevation in Marin County, received more than 10 inches since the storm moved in Friday.

The storm is expected to end by Monday.