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A look at the potential rainfall in California.

After facing one of the worst droughts in the state’s history, California is now dealing with its strongest storm in the last four to 10 years.

The storm, which hit Thursday, “will deliver millions of gallons of water per square mile on much of California through Friday,” according to

The rapid delivery of water to the area, combined with “damaging winds,” is expected to cause mudslides and significant flooding in certain regions.

     The heavy rain will be of concern for some motorists and property owners. Mudslides and rock slides are likely. The risk of mudslides will be greatest in recent burn areas.

     Disruptions to travel and outdoor activities will be the biggest negative from the storm, impacting millions. The storm will cause flooding in poor drainage areas and will result in poor visibility for drivers along Interstate-5 and other major routes.

“There is plenty of moisture for this storm to tap,” western weather expert Ken Clark said. “And this is why it will be such a soaking rain.”

Snow is also on tap for certain areas.

     Snow levels will drop below Donner Pass at 7,200 feet on I-80 in the Sierra Nevada.

According to Clark, “A foot of snow could fall at an elevation around 6,000 feet with 2 feet of snow or more possible above 7,000 feet.”

The snow, expected to fall at a rate of several inches per hour, will cause whiteout conditions.

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