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The snow and rain that has been hitting the state through most of December, will continue over portions of California as the year comes to an end.

The National Weather Service says some periods of heavy rain with higher-elevation snowfall will continue into tonight over most of California. Warm air will keep snow to upper levels of the mountains above six-to-seven thousand feet.

Rainfall totals expected today will range from about one-half inch in the northern Sacramento Valley to around one inch in the Sierra foothills and the mountains above Los Angeles.

There is a winter storm warning today above seven-thousand feet, with the heaviest snow expected through the Sierra Nevada into the Lake Tahoe region. Above seven-thousand feet up to 14 inches of new snow is expected today, with west winds gusting up to 50 miles per hour.

Another wet Pacific storm is expected to concentrate on Northern California tomorrow evening, with the heaviest rain and snow expected late tomorrow night and Monday morning. Again snow levels are expected to be high, from six-to-seven thousand feet.

Southern California is expected to have light to moderate rainfall today, spreading over the Los Angeles area by late morning.

Rainfall in Southern California today is expected to range from one-quarter inch to near one inch, with snow generally at very high elevations near nine-thousand feet and above.

The storm hitting Northern California late tomorrow into Monday is expected to be weak in Southern California.

The long range forecast for New Year´s Day and the Tournament of Roses parade in Pasadena is partly cloudy and dry.

For the Thursday Rose Bowl game between national collegiate championship contenders Miami and Nebraska, the long range outlook includes a chance of rain Thursday, with partly cloudy skies Wednesday and again Friday.