- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 21, 2017

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California is getting a dose of spring showers as the first in a series of storms moves ashore.

Drivers experienced a wet morning commute Tuesday in the San Francisco Bay Area, where several inches of rain is expected before the week’s out.

The system will push snow levels down to 5,000 feet and add to the already stuffed snowpack in the Sierra Nevada.

A band of heavy rain soaked the Central Coast overnight before moving into Southern California with winds gusting more than 40 mph. The National Weather Service says two inches could fall in Los Angeles-area foothills, where the risk of mudslides is elevated in wildfire burn areas.

The storms will not be as significant as those in January and February, which dropped enough rain and snow to make a dent in the state’s drought.

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