SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — An unusually cold spring storm is bringing near-winter temperatures to parts of Northern California, dumping heavy rain and hail on some areas and snow in the mountains.

However, forecasters say the storm, while welcome, will do little to ease the state’s historic drought.

The National Weather Service says up to 2 feet of snow could fall Tuesday in the Sierra Nevada. Motorists are urged to use caution on mountain roads, where snow levels could reach 3,500 feet.

The most rainfall in the Bay Area was recorded in Hayward with 1.59 inches. Parts of the peninsula also saw over an inch of rainfall in 12 hours.

In Daly City, south of San Francisco, at least one car was submerged in rainwater that was flooding Interstate 280 on-ramps.

Thunderstorms with small hail are possible later in the afternoon and evening.

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Further north, temperatures in Eureka and across Humboldt County dipped into the 30s overnight as the system moved in.

The storm is expected to spread moderate rain down the Central Coast to the Los Angeles basin by Tuesday afternoon before dwindling early Wednesday.

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