Rain passed through San Diego and most of Southern California early Tuesday as part of a storm system bringing much-needed rain to the drought-stricken state.
A two-day wet-weather system heading from the Pacific to the Sierra Nevada moving across California bringing cool, wet weather to low-lying areas and snow to the mountains.
The rain showers will taper Tuesday afternoon west of the mountains with a few sprinkles lingering over the mountains and deserts Tuesday night, according to NBC 7 Meteorologist Dagmar Midcap.
The welcome moisture will not end the state's four-year drought, but forecasters expect a strong El Nino winter to bring above-average precipitation to parts of the state.
The low-pressure system from the Gulf of Alaska produced only a quarter-inch of rain in San Francisco, but dropped up to three-quarters of an inch in adjacent counties and over an inch in some parts of Monterey, Santa Cruz and the San Joaquin Valley, the National Weather Service said.
Forecasts called for up to 9 inches of snow along Sierra Nevada mountain passes and up to 1 1/2 feet at the highest peaks by Tuesday.