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Midweek Storm to Deliver Rain from Seattle to San Francisco

A storm system will track into the West Coast on Wednesday and deliver a round of rainfall from Washington to northern California.

According to AccuWeather Meteorologist Evan Duffey, "The front pushing ashore on Wednesday will bring the chance for showers as far south as northern California, an area that could badly use some rain."

While the rain is unlikely to bring any relief to the significant drought, any rain that falls across the West will be a welcome sight.

This storm system will fail to connect with any moisture from Olaf in the eastern Pacific to enhance rainfall, especially across California.

Nearly 50 percent of the state of California is under an exceptional drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. Over 92 percent of the state is at least under a severe drought.

"San Francisco has only seen 26 percent of their normal rainfall for the year as of Oct. 26," Duffey said.

Over 90 percent of Washington is at least under a severe drought. The entire state of Oregon is under either a severe or extreme drought.

Rain will move into the coastal areas late Tuesday night before spreading inland through the day on Wednesday.

Rain could dampen any outdoor activities from Seattle to Portland and Medford, Oregon; Reno, Nevada; and Redding, Sacramento and San Francisco, California.

"The rain will bypass Los Angeles and San Diego," AccuWeather Meteorologist Dan Pydynowski said.

With much of the West clear of any wildfires, this rain will be beneficial by moistening the trees and grass to help prevent any new wildfires from igniting this week. The lack of lightning with this storm will also help any trees from igniting.

"There is one small wildfire in northern California," Duffey said. "That one, however, is almost fully contained."

Those traveling along a nearly 1,000-mile stretch of Interstate 5 from just north of Fresno, California, through Washington will have to give their windshield wipers a workout.

The addition of any falling leaves on wet roadways could lead to slick travel conditions.

The higher terrain of Washington and Oregon, greater than 7,000 feet could have snow showers. Snow levels are expected to be even higher across the Sierras in California.

"There is limited cold air with this system so snow levels in the Sierra Nevada will remain rather high, around 8,500 to 9,000 feet," Pydynowski said.

While this system will continue to produce showers across Washington and Oregon on Thursday, California will miss out on any additional rainfall.

Showers will also move across the Rockies on Thursday.

While disturbances will continue to bring much-needed rainfall to the Pacific Northwest into the weekend, rain may finally return into portions of California later this weekend and into next week.

Inches of rain may move across western Washington and Oregon into the weekend and could put a significant dent in the drought across those areas.

As we approach the winter season, the strong El Niño currently in place will allow for storm systems to cross California and produce significant rainfall.