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California first to be hit by cross-country winter storm

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Staff Writer | December 2, 2018
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America   Rain and mountain snow will first press into Northern California

A new winter storm is gearing up to bring widespread impacts from the south-central United States to the East later this week after first sweeping into California around midweek.

The new storm is expected to end the current cool and dry spell in California by returning another round of rain, mountain snow and gusty winds.

This storm is not expected to rival the potent storm from late last week which dumped feet of snow in the Sierra Nevada and triggered numerous mudslides in the burn scar areas. However, residents and visitors can still face travel disruptions and localized hazards around midweek.

Rain and mountain snow will first press into Northern and central California on Tuesday.

"Rain may hold off reaching Southern California until Tuesday night," according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Maggie Samuhel.

The slow-moving nature of the storm can allow periods of rain and mountain snow to rotate across the state through Thursday.

The heaviest rainfall may target the central coastline and Southern California, but there can still be localized downpours elsewhere in the state.

The rain, otherwise, can lead to flight delays and slower travel on area interstates. This includes in San Francisco from Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday, and Los Angeles and San Diego from Wednesday into Thursday.

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