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Stormy weather stretches from West Coast to Midwest

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The unusually late winter-like storm that hit California on Wednesday is continuing through Thursday morning.

About 5 inches of rain fell in Venado, California, Wednesday, making it the city's rainiest May day ever. Santa Rosa also broke a record with more than 2 inches.

Los Angeles and other parts of Southern California should see a bit more rain later Thursday morning.

The storm system is forecast to move inland by Thursday evening, delivering more rain and, in the western Rockies, some snow. Windy conditions are expected in the Southwest ahead of the storm.

As the system heads east, severe storms are forecast to break out in the central U.S. on Friday, with damaging winds, large hail and tornadoes all possible.

A separate storm system in the upper Midwest is forming ahead of the western storm, with severe weather likely stretching down into the mid-Mississippi Valley region.

These storms on Wednesday delivered damaging hail and winds from the Dakotas down into Arkansas. More severe weather, including heavy rain and large hail and damaging winds, is expected Thursday from Nebraska to Ohio.

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