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Series of Storm Systems to Affect Pacific Coast

A series of storm systems will affect the Pacific Coast over the next several days, bringing moderate to heavy rain across northern California Friday evening. The rain will spread across the Pacific Northwest coast into the weekend. Several inches of rain likely, with snowfall amounts expected to exceed 1 foot in higher elevations. In addition, strong, gusty winds are expected in coastal areas.

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