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Southern California storm triggers foothill mudslides

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This photo provided by the Glendora Police Department shows work crews clear a mud flow at a home in the suburb of Glendora, Calif. on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. (AP/Glendora Police Department)

Scattered California storms triggered mudslides in Los Angeles-area foothills scorched bare by a wildfire and dumped about an inch of much-needed rain in the San Francisco Bay Area.

A vehicle was half-submerged by a 4-foot-high debris flow that filled a driveway and hit a home before dawn in the LA suburb of Glendora, said Robert Diaz, Los Angeles County Fire Department dispatch supervisor.

Crews used shovels and wheelbarrows to clear the muck before heavy equipment was brought in.

Mud flowed onto several residential streets, but no closures were announced.

Earlier this year, the Colby fire burned nearly 2,000 acres of brush in the hills above Glendora.

The National Weather Service issued a flash-flood warning for the Colby area early Thursday as the storm dumped hail and heavy rain at some locations across the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains from Pasadena to as far east as Claremont.

As much as half an inch of rain fell near Glendora, but rainfall totals elsewhere were mostly very low.

To the east, snow fell in Big Bear Lake, the small town situated at an elevation of about 6,700 feet in the San Bernardino Mountains. Any precipitation is welcome in the town, where the lake's level has fallen significantly due to California's historic drought.

Skies were clear Friday as the storm systems moved out of Southern California.

In and around San Francisco, about an inch of rain fell Thursday, soaking streets and highways and creating travel problems for some.

Forecasters said mostly cloudy skies could give way to more rain later Friday. And another small storm was expected Saturday.

Despite the downpours, state authorities have said it will take more than one rainy season to bring the state's precipitation levels to normal.

Most of California remains short of average rainfall this season, though the wettest months are still ahead.