Round one of Thanksgiving storms dumps record rain in California; round two coming Thursday

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A chilly storm unleashed heavy rain and blustery winds Wednesday and dusted mountain ranges across California with snow, prompting flight diversions and road closures and snarling traffic across the Golden State leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday.

The downpours were not always long-lasting, but they could be intense. Record rainfall for the day was reported in a few spots including Santa Barbara Airport, Santa Maria and Lancaster, which had 0.43 of an inch. The main band of the first storm moved out Wednesday, but another storm is moving in Thursday.

A cold front originating in the Gulf of Alaska arrived in portions of Northern California on Tuesday and immediately began causing headaches for motorists along mountain passes inundated by flurries of snow. The rain dampened the Cave fire in Santa Barbara County and allowed firefighters to get a handle on the blaze.

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