Storm dumps inch of rain on Sacramento, foot of snow on Sierra Nevada

A foot of snow in the Sierra Nevada won't do much for the California drought

A storm front that dumped an inch of rain on Sacramento and more than a foot of snow on the Sierra Nevada on Friday night has brought high winds to Southern California this weekend.

A wind advisory was in effect for much of the Los Angeles Basin on Saturday morning, with gusts of up to 60 mph predicted in the Antelope Valley, said Scott Sukup, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. Winds of 10-20 mph were expected in coastal areas, with potential gusts of up to 35 mph, Sukup said.  

The storm brought light rain to Santa Barbara and Oxnard on Saturday, Sukup said, and there was a 20% chance of rain in the Los Angeles area Saturday night.

The storm has weakened since blanketing parts of the Sierra in snow Friday night, with 14 inches reported in Bear Valley. National Weather Service meteorologist Tom Dang in Sacramento said the storm brought a "very respectable" amount of snow this late in the cold season, but cautioned that it wouldn't have much impact on California's drought

"It's a very, very slight improvement," Dang said. "There's not going to be any single storm that can break us out of the drought."

In Southern California, high winds are expected to continue through early next week, while temperatures are expected to warm. Highs in the mid-70s are expected for Sunday rising to the mid-to-upper 80s on Monday, creating Santa Ana wind conditions, Sukup said. 

On Saturday afternoon light showers moved into portions of the Southland.

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