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The Latest: Early season storm enters California

November 03, 2017 - 7:34 AM

SAN FRANCISCO - The Latest on California storms (all times local):

7:20 a.m.

A storm moving in from the Gulf of Alaska has arrived in Northern California, soaking the state's Redwood Coast for several hours.

Forecasters say rain increased from a light drizzle overnight to steady rain on Friday in the state's far north.

In the San Francisco Bay Area, overnight light rain made for slick roads ahead of the morning commute.

The National Weather Service says two storm systems will be moving through Northern California over the weekend, bringing rain and snow to the region.

Most of the rain is expected overnight Friday into Saturday morning.

Up to 2 feet of snow are forecast to fall in elevations above 8,000 feet, and at least a foot of snow is expected in Donner and Tioga passes and other areas above 6,000 feet and up.

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12:09 a.m.

The peaks of the Sierra Nevada might be dusted with up to 2 feet of snow as storms pass through Northern California.

National park officials have already closed a mountain pass that runs through Yosemite National Park in anticipation of trouble.

The National Park Service says Tioga Road, the soaring eastern entry to the park, closed Thursday night and should stay that way through the weekend.

Officials will also close Glacier Point Road, which offers sweeping views of Yosemite Valley.

They say both roads will be closed through Monday, when the storms are expected to dissipate and road conditions can be assessed.

Forecasters say light rain over the northern mountains is expected as early as Thursday afternoon but heavier rain and snow will likely fall Friday night through Saturday, with a second storm coming Sunday.

News from © The Associated Press, 2017
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