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Much needed rain, snow comes to California

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Drought-stricken California is getting some help from the weather, although forecasters say the rain and snow will not be enough to make up for one of the driest rainy seasons so far.

Rain was falling on Thursday morning in San Francisco. Light rain was forecast for Southern California as well.

In the northern Sierra, the National Weather Service was forecasting as much 10 inches of snow at higher elevations.

But that's just the beginning _ at least in Northern California. Forecasters say a stronger system will move in over the weekend, dumping as much as 7 inches of rain on Bay Area mountains and two feet of snow in the Sierra.

While the overdue wet weather is welcome, forecasters say California needs much more precipitation to even reach normal rainfall levels.

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