After 24 days without measurable rainfall, Mother Nature today delivered rain, hail, snow and, likely, tornadoes.
"We broke the stretch of nice, dry, boring weather," said Jim Mathews, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sacramento who spent the day monitoring the region's "severe weather" events.
The brunt of the storm moved through the Sacramento Valley and the Sierra during the afternoon.
The Weather Service received reports of two possible tornadoes and what Mathews described as a possible hybrid tornado.
The first tornado sighting was reported about 1:30 p.m. in the area of Los Molinos and Gerber, northeast of Corning and southeast of Red Bluff, east of Interstate 5. Mathews said the Weather Service had unconfirmed reports of damage to a building.
The second was spotted about 2:30 p.m. near Vina, south of Los Molinos and east of Corning. Mathews said Weather Service personnel were en route to the locations Tuesday night to verify whether the funnel clouds touched down.
The third incident, the possible hybrid tornado, was reported about 3 p.m. near Orland. It was described as a swirl on the ground that extended upward about 500 yards but did not appear to connect to clouds.
Hail also fell in Sacramento and much of the valley during the afternoon.
Meteorologist Karl Swanberg of the National Weather Service said one-eighth to one-quarter inch of hail fell in Davis. About 5 miles west of Oroville, near Highways 99 and 162, an inch of dime-size hail was reported covering the roadway.
The Mother Lode received what Swanberg described as a "great burst of snow", with 6 inches to 7 inches falling in a period of three or four hours. As of 4:30 p.m., Placerville, at the 2,180-foot elevation, had received 4 inches of snow and it was still coming down.
In Sacramento, 0.34 inches of rain was recorded at Executive Airport.
Sunny skies are expected to return to the Sacramento area Wednesday, with highs around 60 degrees and lows tonight in the low 30s.
In the foothills, it likely will be dry and sunny, with high temperatures ranging from the mid-40s to mid-50s, and overnight lows around 30 degrees.
Areas in the Sierra such as Truckee can expect highs around 30 degrees and overnight lows around 10 degrees.