One storm is leaving California and another is about to enter

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Dense fog plagued California’s Central Valley as one winter storm left the state and another was about to enter.

The new storm was expected to pass through Northern California late Wednesday night into the night, followed by a few drops of precipitation for the rest of the week and into next week, according to the National Weather Service.

The first storm of the week arrived late Monday howling wind, fluttering snow As it spreads southwards, drenching rain falls.

By early Wednesday, the trailing edge of that storm had pulled wide out of Southern California, and the next major storm was expected to hit Saturday and extend into Sunday.

“Any New Year’s Eve celebrations planned outdoors should include a contingency plan,” wrote the Los Angeles Area Weather Service.

Southern California’s long-range forecast says Pasadena’s 138th Annual Rose Parade will just barely fend off stormy weather, thanks to tradition of holding the event on January 2nd, when New Year’s Day falls on a Sunday. Forecasters say rain will return by mid-week.

U.S. Water Resources Agency Data Snow cover in the drought-hit mountains of California, which accounts for one-third of the state’s water supply, is off to a good start. But experts remain cautious. Last winter got off to a similar start, with an unusually dry period from January to March.