Drought-rattled California welcomes weekend storm

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Californians are welcoming a robust weekend storm that's soaking the northern half of the drought-stricken state but meteorologists say it will not solve the problem.

However, the rain and snow is threating to produce avalanches, flooding and rock slides.

The storm is powered by a warm, moisture-packed system from the Pacific Ocean known as a Pineapple Express.

The National Weather Service says the storm has so far dropped more than 7 inches of rain on Marin County's Mt. Tamalpais, an average of 4 inches in Sonoma County and one to three inches in San Francisco, San Jose and other urban areas.

Areas north of San Francisco are forecast to see another few inches by Sunday.

The storm deposited a foot of snow of on the top of Lake Tahoe ski resorts that have relied on man-made snow for much of the season, and elevations above 7,500 feet are forecast to get another foot or two by Sunday.

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