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'Atmospheric rivers' take aim at California

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - An "atmospheric river" has dumped rain and snow on California, and forecasters say another stronger plume of moisture from the Pacific Ocean would slam into the state during the weekend.

Heavy snow fell in the Sierra Nevada, where the Mammoth Mountain ski resort reported Thursday that accumulations ranged from 44 inches to 7 feet in 1½ days, with more still falling. Snow closed mountain routes or forced chain and snow tire requirements.

Extraordinary rainfall occurred in some areas, including parts of Tulare and Kern counties where flash flood warnings were in effect for much of the day after as much as 9 inches of rain fell.

The second, wetter, atmospheric river is forecast to arrive in California Saturday morning and continue into Monday.

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