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Lower elevation rain and mountain snow continues across western parts of the country, with a new system moving inland late this weekend. Here's what you need to know.

Rain, snow returns to West Coast, various warnings in effect

Staff Writers

Friday, March 24, 2017, 4:00 - As one storm exits, another enters the West Coast. That's been the case this week, and the pattern shows no signs of changing over the next few days.

For updates on warnings across the U.S., monitor the ALERTS page of our website.

Since March 1st, most California observatories have been seeing below average precipitation, but this last stretch of the month could bring values back to where they are expected for this time of the month.

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The unsettled pattern continues for parts of western U.S., with a new system set to impact the Northwest and continue to move inland over the next fews days. 

Below: Precipitation forecast through Monday courtesy National Weather Service

"Expect rain to persist along the Pacific Coast through Saturday, before tapering off," says the National Weather Service in a statement. "Rain and higher elevation snow will persist through much of the weekend inland into the Northern and Central Rockies."

Winter Weather Advisories and Winter Storm Warnings were issued Friday for portions of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range and northern California, South-central Washington, and eastern Nevada.

Flood watches and warnings were also in effect for portions of the Northern Great Basin and Intermountain West due to an abundance of precipitation and rapid snowmelt.

Meanwhile, a stronger disturbance is poised to near the Pacific Northwest to end out the weekend and start the workweek. Heavy precipitation (rain and mountain snow) will be possible with liquid equivalent precipitation amounts of about 2.0-3.5 inches.

Residents are advised to monitor the ALERTS page of our website for updates on watches and warnings.

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