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Rain to Spread Over Northwest, California This Weekend

People across the Northwest and northern California will be reaching for their umbrellas heading into the weekend as a system spreads rain, and even some snow, over the West.

The showers that initially spread over the Northwest on Thanksgiving are forecast to develop into a steadier rain for Friday with the heaviest rain falling west of the Cascade Mountains.

This will not only lead to some travel delays and wet weather for Black Friday shoppers, but can also cause localized flooding in communities along the I-5 corridor.

A dose of snow is also forecast to fall over the Cascade Mountains on Friday with several inches accumulating at locations above 6,000 feet.

Looking ahead to the weekend, a cold front will push most of the rain into southern Oregon and northern California.

This will result in wet weather around cities such as San Francisco and Sacramento for both Saturday and Sunday.

While this will be far from enough to impact the ongoing drought, rain from this system will help bring monthly rainfall totals closer to normal with both San Francisco and Sacramento only receiving about one-third of their typical rainfall for the month of November as of Thanksgiving.

Despite the rain shifting south, enough moisture may still linger around for some snow to fall from Seattle to Portland on Saturday.

Little snow is expected to accumulate in these lower elevations, but light snow and near-freezing temperatures in Seattle will make it feel like winter for the waning days of November.

Those in Southern California that will miss out on the weekend rain should not have to wait too much longer until it is their turn for some wet weather as a system moving in from the Pacific Ocean next week will spread rain over almost all of the state. meteorologists believe that rain from next week's system will arrive on Tuesday and linger through the middle of the week.

This will likely bring an end to the stretch of dry days in cities such as Los Angeles, which has not received measurable precipitation since Nov. 1.