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Storm drops rain in L.A. area, snow expected in Sierra Nevada

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Close to a quarter of an inch of rain fell across the Los Angeles area Thursday as a low-pressure system from the Gulf of Alaska moved over the area, forecasters said.

Avalon on Santa Catalina Island recorded almost a half-inch of rain, according to the National Weather Service. Eagle Rock and Canoga Park recorded 0.23 of an inch of rain.

About an inch of snow was reported in Frazier Park near the Los Angeles and Kern County border. More snow could fall during the night.

The storm was good for short-term relief but did not drop enough rain to help drought-stricken areas in Southern California, said Stuart Seto, a weather specialist with the Weather Service's Oxnard office.

"It will keep the yards green for another week or so," he said of the rainfall.

In Northern California, a storm system expected over the weekend could drop as much as two feet of snow in the northern Sierra Nevada range and up to six inches in the Bay area, according to forecasters.

"I won't say the storm door is open, but maybe we'll get into more of a routine storm pattern," Bob Benjamin, a Weather Service forecaster in Monterey, told the Associated Press.

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