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Storms to resume in California with rain, heavy mountain snow

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Staff Writer | March 16, 2017
The ongoing train of storms over the Pacific Ocean will shift southward and return drenching rain and heavy snow to California next week.
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Weather   An uptick in travel delays
The change in the weather pattern will likely snap a dry spell, which will have lasted about two weeks by the time the rain and snow returns.

A bit of rain and high country snow will fall on the Northwest, including northernmost California this weekend.

The first storm with significant rain and mountain snow for much of Central and Northern California will arrive late Monday.

As the storm train gets going, expect an uptick in travel delays which can then evolve into a renewed threat for flash flooding and mudslides.

"Look for heavy rain in the low elevations and snow in the higher elevations across Central and Northern California and western Oregon from the first storm late Monday to Wednesday," according to AccuWeather Lead Storm Warning Meteorologist Eddie Walker.

By the middle of next week, spotty showers may dip into coastal areas of Southern California.

Additional rounds of rain and mountain snow will follow in Central and Northern California with spotty showers in Southern California late in the week through the following weekend.

At some of the ski resorts in the Sierra Nevada, snow will remain on the slopes into the summer. Snowcover in the Sierra Nevada is currently 150 to 180 percent of average.