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Northern California having wet Christmas

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 25, 2012 at 6:20 pm •  Published: December 25, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Northern California received more rain and snow on Christmas Day, as the third storm system in a handful of days moved through the region.

The brunt of the storm was expected to hit late Tuesday afternoon, with thunder and even hail possible in the San Francisco Bay area, National Weather Service forecaster Bob Benjamin said.

The Sierra was getting more snow.

Benjamin said the system is expected to move through quickly, reducing the likelihood of any major flooding. He expected isolated shower activity through Wednesday.

Still, with the ground saturated from previous storms, officials were planning to keep an eye on rivers and streams.

"Hopefully, it's of a duration that won't create huge problems," Benjamin said.

The region was slammed by rain and snow over the weekend, bringing welcome moisture to the snowpack-dependent state but dangerous avalanche conditions to popular ski areas.

Authorities say a 49-year-old snowboarder died Monday at Donner Ski Ranch after he was buried under 2 to 3 feet of snow.

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