A series of storms has drenched California and even heavier rains are expected this weekend, promising a fleeting respite from the state’s devastating drought. Bay area mountains were expected to receive 152mm (six inches) of rain and the northern sierras two feet of snow, a welcome deluge after the driest winter on record.

A ridge of high pressure that has hovered over the west coast for months, blocking normal weather patterns, eased and allowed a weather system to break through, dumping rain across swathes of California on Thursday and Friday. Bigger weather systems were expected to follow in the next few days, bringing even heavier rain.
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