First rain hits California after months of hot weather

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — After months of hot weather that fueled immense wildfires, the first thunderstorm of the season brought rain, cooler temperatures and snow to parts of California on Saturday.

Scattered showers were reported across Southern California. The most precipitation — 1.5 inches of rain — was recorded in the inland mountain areas, according to National Weather Service offices in Oxnard and San Diego. Up to seven inches of snow fell on Lake Arrowhead.

Much of Northern California missed out on the rain. But forecasters said a second low-pressure front was expected to bring showers to hills and coastal areas south of San Francisco late Saturday.

The region hasn’t seen any substantial rain since May.

Travelers were warned that a snowstorm would hit the Sierra Nevada starting late Saturday, dumping five to 8 inches of snow through Sunday night and up to 13 inches at higher elevations, forecasters said.

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