By Brian Lada – AccuWeather
It is well known that California is in the midst of a historic drought, but a change in the weather pattern could help ease its severity.
A flip in the weather pattern will allow rain to spread across much of California this week as well as delivering much-needed snow to the Sierra Nevada.
This comes just days after California Gov. Jerry Brown announced the first-ever statewide mandatory water restrictions in an effort to reduce water usage due to the drought.
Wet Pattern Sets Up Early This Week
For much of the winter and early spring, storms have tracked north of California with only a small number of storms tracking far enough south to bring rain to the Golden State. A storm this week will be one of those storms.
A low pressure system is expected to spread rain across the state on Monday into Tuesday with some rain also reaching into portions of Oregon and Nevada.
The steadiest rain is forecast to fall over northern and central California, but some will make it down into Southern California.
“For many locations in central and Southern California, this will be the first measurable precipitation they have had since early March,” said AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Michael Doll.