Rain returns to Southern California; enough to help drought?

Forecasters are watching an area of low pressure and several reinforcing shots of atmospheric energy that are sinking south along the coast out of the Pacific Northwest.
Related: Wildfire worries as drought worsens in Southwest, Plains Weather Highlights: An upper-level atmospheric disturbance will bring some rain and snow to parts of Southern California and the Southwest this week Showers, and a few thunderstorms, are expected to move into the central and south coast of California through the day on Monday More significant rainfall – as well as heavier snow at elevation – is expected for the Inland Empire, extreme Southern Sierra, and toward the Four Corners Unsettled conditions and onshore flow continue through midweek Upper-level low expected to bring more significant moisture onshore as it moves in later week, but how far north or south this falls is still up for debate Most long-range model guidance suggests low may be too far south, over Baja, to bring much rain to SoCal, but should bring locally heavy rain to Arizona/Four Corners region Stay on top of active weather | Visit our warnings and alerts page Watch below: Tracking rain and snow this week Play Video Play Mute 0:00 / 0:00 Loaded: 0% Progress: 0% Stream TypeLIVE 0:00 Playback Rate 1x Chapters Chapters Descriptions descriptions off, selected Subtitles undefined settings, opens undefined settings dialog captions and subtitles off, selected Audio Track Fullscreen This is a modal window.
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February is typically one of the wettest months in California, with Los Angeles collecting an average of 3.8 inches and San Francisco 4.45 inches.
As of February 8th, the Southern Sierra was at only 20 percent of its normal snowpack for the date, and a paltry 13 percent of its usual April end-of-season average.
Thunderstorms may also boost amounts over some areas, raising the concern somewhat for the possibility of mud and debris flows.
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With files from The Weather Network meteorologist Mario Picazo.

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