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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) — More rain and snow are headed toward California after a dousing overnight.

A winter weather advisory was in effect for the northern Sierra until 11 a.m. Tuesday, with an additional one to three inches of snow expected. Snow has been falling and sticking in the foothills as low as 2,500 feet in elevation all night and into this morning. Totals are likely in the three inch to five inch range at this point, and still coming down.

CBS13 reports Pollock Pines and Camino Union School Districts in El Dorado County are closed due to snow.

Sierra College’s Nevada County Campus is also closed until 4 p.m. Administrators say they will re-assess the situation later in the day and decide whether or not to close classes scheduled for after 4 p.m.

We’ll see some lulls in the rain by noon, but will have the possibility of severe t-storms this afternoon and evening, and another wave of more organized rain later this evening after 6 p.m.

Showers will be wrapping up as we head into Wednesday morning, with a few lingering snow showers in Sierra Wednesday afternoon. Temperatures will be cool and breezy today with highs in the upper-50s, with winds from the south at 15-25 mph.

In the San Francisco Bay Area, the storm was expected to bring more thunder and lightning. Lightning damaged at least two homes in the region on Monday. It also struck several planes, though they continued to operate normally.

Showers have also fallen in Southern California, where a January wildfire stripped bare the steep slopes of the San Gabriel Mountains above the foothill cities of Glendora and Azusa, northeast of Los Angeles. No problems have been reported in communities below wildfire burn areas so far.

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