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California to face additional storms this week after receiving month's worth of rain

After a break in the rain and snow during the middle of this week for California, storms will return to the southern half of the Pacific coast during Thursday and Friday.

Rain, mountain snow and severe thunderstorms from the storm that hit California this past weekend will settle eastward over the central United States this week.

Californians will have chance to clean up debris in its wake during Tuesday and Wednesday.

Many locations in central and northern California, including San Francisco and Sacramento, received a month's worth of rainfall from the storm this past weekend alone. Between 2 and 3 inches of rain fell.

A weak system will spread rain showers across Washington, Oregon and northern California Tuesday night and Wednesday.

However, a more significant storm system will arrive on Thursday and will push rain and mountain snow farther south in California during Thursday night and Friday.

Enough rain can fall to bring another round of flash flooding and mudslides, as well as hinder travel in the region.

Most of the rain from the storm late this week will focus over northern and central California, where a general 1-3 inches is likely with locally higher amounts.

The storm can deliver 2-3 feet of snow over the northern Sierra Nevada, which will help to mitigate spring and summer drought conditions.

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Additional storms will follow, including a larger and stronger storm with eyes on California from Sunday to Tuesday of next week.

The storm this weekend has the potential to bring heavy rainfall to Southern California, including Los Angeles and San Diego.

While another break is likely later next week, the crop of Pacific Ocean storms will likely remain fruitful through the end of March and into April.

"The stormy pattern with a few breaks in between will continue through March with the greatest amount of rain and mountain snow falling in central and northern California," according to AccuWeather Chief Long-Range Meteorologist Paul Pastelok.

By the end of March, feet of rain will have fallen in the northern part of the state, as well as the west-facing slopes of the Coast Ranges and Sierra Nevada with double-digit yards of snow for the high country.

"Storms will tend to become less frequent during April, but rainfall and mountain snow are likely to remain above average in central and northern California, as well as part of the Northwest," Pastelok said.