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California's Hail-Producing Storm Threat

March 31, 2013; 4:34 PM

Easter Sunday will come to a close with thunderstorms capable of producing hail, rattling central California.

Showers and thunderstorms will persist from northern and central California to Utah through tonight as a Pacific storm system presses onshore.

This same storm is destined to help bring welcome rain to the southern Plains Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Rainfall is also needed, in terms of drought relief, where this Easter Sunday's showers are occurring, despite those with outdoor Easter activities hoping for a dry afternoon.

Enough instability is present that a handful of the thunderstorms across central California will drop hail large enough to dent vehicles through the evening hours.

San Francisco, Sacramento, Oakland and Merced are among the communities where these hail-producing thunderstorms could rumble.

There is also concern for a brief tornado to touch down.

Even in the absence of hail and/or tornadoes, those outside should seek shelter as soon as thunder is heard. You are then close enough to get struck by lightning.

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