Cold blast to dump more than half a foot of snow from Rockies into Midwest as ...

A weather pattern change threatens to dump more than half a foot of snow across the Midwest, lash drought-stricken California with two-year's worth of rain and cause severe thunderstorms in the South. 

Beginning on Friday, the first low-pressure system is expected to bring snow from California's Sierra Nevada into parts of the Great Basin and Rockies, according to The Weather Channel.  

Into the weekend, the storm could bring more than half a foot of snow from the Rockies into the Midwest.

Meanwhile, the storm system is supposed to bring rain to California where strong winds earlier this week fanned brush fires, toppled trees and left thousands without power. 

A weather pattern change (depicted) threatens to dump more than half a foot of snow across the Midwest, lash California with much-needed rain and cause severe thunderstorms in the South

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A weather pattern change (depicted) threatens to dump more than half a foot of snow across the Midwest, lash California with much-needed rain and cause severe thunderstorms in the South

Beginning on Friday, the first low-pressure system is expected to bring snow from California's Sierra Nevada into parts of the Great Basin and Rockies

Beginning on Friday, the first low-pressure system is expected to bring snow from California's Sierra Nevada into parts of the Great Basin and Rockies

Into the weekend, the storm could bring more than half a foot of snow from the Rockies into the Midwest

Into the weekend, the storm could bring more than half a foot of snow from the Rockies into the Midwest

The storm system could be the beginning of several weeks of wet weather for the region, with long-range models suggesting two to three storms marching inland from the Pacific over the next two weeks

The storm system could be the beginning of several weeks of wet weather for the region, with long-range models suggesting two to three storms marching inland from the Pacific over the next two weeks

Winds that hit the state Tuesday night reached 50mph in many areas. Hurricane-force gusts of around 85mph hit a mountain area in San Diego County and came with about a half-inch of rain in some locations.

Two incoming low-pressure systems are expected to bring even cooler temperatures beginning Thursday night through Saturday and again early next week. 

Areas of Southern California could see highs 20 to 40 degrees below last week's highs along with chances of rain ranging from a quarter-inch heading into the weekend to a half-inch by Monday and even an inch in some mountains, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

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It could be the beginning of several weeks of wet weather for the region, with long-range models suggesting two to three storms marching inland from the Pacific over the next two weeks. 

The area has suffered under a lengthy drought, with 70 per cent of the Southwest characterized as in 'extreme

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