Atmospheric River Brings Heavy Rain To Parts Of California As Feet Of Snow Pile Up In The Sierra Nevada

A storm system tapping an atmospheric river of moisture is bringing heavy rain to portions of California, including some burn areas through Thursday as heavy snow potentially snarls travel in the Sierra Nevada. The stream of moisture piping its way toward the West Coast from the Pacific Ocean can be seen in the yellow and orange shadings in this satellite image. An atmospheric river is a thin and long plume of moisture that stretches from the tropics or subtropics into higher latitudes.