Pacific storms dumped more rain and snow in California and other Western states Wednesday. Mild temperatures and clear skies prevailed over much of the East.
A winter storm warning was issued for the Sierra Nevada, where 1 to 2 feet of fresh snow were likely by the end of the day.Rain fell early Wednesday in San Diego and San Francisco. California is in the midst of a five-year drought, but the storm, the latest of several in recent weeks, has not returned the state's water levels to anywhere close to normal.
In Santa Barbara, a coastal city about 90 miles northwest of Los Angeles, as much as 15 inches of rain has fallen since Sunday. The city's reservoir, which was virtually empty three weeks ago, was overflowing Tuesday.
Snow fell Tuesday in the mountains of Colorado, Wyoming, Oregon and Arizona.
Snow advisories were posted Wednesday morning in Wyoming and a winter storm watch went up in Montana, which was expecting up to a foot in the mountains.
Temperatures were expected to reach the 40s in New England and the Rockies; the 60s and 70s in the Middle Atlantic states; the 50s in the Great Lakes region, the Pacific Northwest and California; the 60s in the Ohio Valley, the Great Plains and the Southwest, and the 70s and 80s in the South.
The high for the nation Tuesday was 89 degrees at Lajitas, Texas.