Heaviest rainfall and High Winds to pound NorCal Friday morning, Another storm expected Sunday
The second in a series of storms hitting the region Friday could cause minor flooding in the area. The National Weather Service said small rivers and streams are at increased risk for floodingas the ground become saturated.
A small streams flood advisory for poor drainage areas in the following counties has been issued El Dorado county asnd many other Nor Cal areas. The heaviest rains will spread across the entire region from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. The area could pick up to more than 1.5 inches of rain by Noon.
Rainfall amounts just released by the National Weather Service show locations in the Northern Sierra Nevada have received the most rainfall of anywhere in California -- even more than the notoriously soggy North Coast.
The data show that the rainfall leader for the 24 hours that ended at 11 a.m. was Stirling City, small town in the foothills east of Chico. The location, which is part of the Feather River watershed, recorded 8.36 inches of rainfall in 24 hours.
Other soaked locations include Bucks Lake with 7 inches of rain, Brandy Creek with 7.2 inches, and Oak Mountain above Lake Shasta with 7.52 inches.
The city of Sacramento received 1.72" inches in the same period, recorded at Sacramento State University.
Other area locations include Auburn with 2.8 inches, Walnut Grove with 2 inches, Grass Valley with 4.3 inches and Georgetown with 3.4 inches.
If the rain wasn't enough, wind gusts could reach up to 55 mph in and around the Sacramento Valley and foothils on Friday morning.
A wind advisory is in effect until 4 p.m. Sunday.
The first in this series of storms touched down in Northern California on Wednesday, bringing high winds and rain to the region.
Another storm is expected to hit Sunday.
In the Feather River Canyon, there could be as many as 20 inches of rainfall, chief meteorologist Mark Finan said.
The Sierra could see as much as 2 feet of snow, above 7,000 feet.
On the coast there are gale warnings and small-craft and high-surf advisories.
California's Emergency Management Agency warned of downed trees, and encouraged residents to clear rain gutters and trim tree branches.
Mark Ghilarducci, the agency's secretary, said in a statement that the agency was monitoring the storms and was ready to assist local response efforts.
Officials are warning of potential mud slides where areas that were burned in recent wildfires are particularly vulnerable.