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Image: Storm clouds pass over the downtown Los Angeles skyline as the sun breaks through the thick clouds early Friday, Dec. 7, 2007, in Los Angeles. Forecasters say urban areas can expect an inch of rain, and the mountains could receive up to three inches, which would be the region's most significant rainfall from a single storm in the past year and a-half. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
The mountains of Nevada and Colorado saw as much as 2 feet of snow, delighting ski resorts.
"We've had 30 inches in the last 24 (hours). It's money out there," said Trenton Naef, an employee at the Crested Butte ski area about 110 miles southwest of Denver.
For resorts around Lake Tahoe, which have had to rely on manmade snow to cover the slopes, the snow came just in time for the holiday season.
"This is what we really needed to get the season going," said Savannah Cowley, spokeswoman at Squaw Valley USA.