After months of very dry weather across the Golden State, rain showers associated with a series of snow will finally move into a large portion of California from Thursday and into next week.
Rain showers will move onshore Thursday, into central and northern California. The highest peaks of the Sierra Nevada mountains will deal with a light snow or wintry mix. Unfortunately, Southern California will remain bone dry but at least all of the fires are exhausted. Even though rainfall totals with this first round of showers will be light across California, any drop of rain counts. Any areas that receive rain will pick up around a quarter of inch, but localized locations in the higher elevations of northern California may measure as much as an inch of rain.
These showers will continue to move throughout Thursday night and will continue into Friday. On Friday, precipitation will be more organized with a large batch of light to moderate rain moving through Northern California. That includes cities like San Francisco and Sacramento. Again, rainfall will be light with an additional quarter of an inch to an inch of rain expected.
California will then dry out during the weekend as high pressure moves overhead, but another round of rain and potentially substantial mountain snow will likely move in by mid-next week as that high pressure travels to the east.