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Heavy Rain Will Soak California, Not Enough to Relieve Drought

<p>San Diego and greater Los Angeles could get as much as 5 inches.</p>
Image: Statewide Drought Forces Californians To Take Drastic Measures For Water Conversation
FIREBAUGH, CA - FEBRUARY 25: A water faucet stands next to a field of uprooted almond trees at Baker Farming on February 25, 2014 in Firebaugh, California. Almond farmer Barry Baker of Baker Farming had 1,000 acres, 20 percent, of his almond trees removed because he doesn't have access to enough water to keep them watered as the California drought continues. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation officials announced this past Friday that they will not be providing Central Valley farmers with any water from the federally run system of reservoirs and canals fed by mountain runoff. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

It’s finally going to rain in California.

A pair of storms are expected to sock the drought-ravaged state beginning Wednesday night, delivering 2 to 3 inches of rain in San Francisco through Saturday and as much as 5 inches in San Diego and parts of Los Angeles.

Downtown Los Angeles has gotten only 1.2 inches of rain since July, and it hasn’t rained more than an inch on a single day there in almost two and a half years, weather historian Christopher Burt told The Weather Channel.

The soaking won’t come close to relieving California of its worst drought in modern history. Los Angeles is running a rainfall deficit of more than 17 inches since the beginning of last year.