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Mammoth sees 20 inches of snow as storm wallops Sierra

A series of storms continues to bring snow to the Sierra, with one part in the Mammoth Lakes area accumulating 20 inches.

According to the National Weather Service, the Mt. Rose ski resort saw 12 inches, Incline Village saw 7 inches and Alpine Village saw 6 inches.

At Mammoth Mountain, 20 inches of powder coated the slopes, bringing the total snowfall so far in November to 33 inches, according to the resort in Mono County.

The weather service said the totals marked one of the biggest single storms the region has seen in several years.

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The storm also brought heavy rain to coastal areas of Northern California. In Monterey, San Benito, Santa Cruz and Santa Clara counties, more than an inch of rain fell in some areas. The Bay Area saw less rainfall but more than 500 lightning strikes. Strong wind gusts also were reported, according to the National Weather Service.

Temperatures in Southern California are forecast to inch upward by five degrees Wednesday, and a gradual warming trend should continue through Saturday.

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The weekend could see an elevated risk of wildfires because of the expected warm offshore winds.

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The weather service said a red flag warning could be in effect Thursday because of windy, dry conditions.

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