Sacramento Valley rainfall is expected to taper off tonight with some lingering showers into Saturday. In the Northern Sierra Nevada, accumulating snow is expected on mountain roads through the day today and into tonight.
Forecasters with the National Weather Service say there’s a potential for travel disruption from snowfall over mountain roads above 5,000 feet. Snow showers may linger into Saturday night with additional light accumulations as the storm exits to the south and east.
Meanwhile, the heavy rain in Southern California is bringing worries of mudslides where recent wildfires left mountainsides exposed. A 10-mile stretch of the Pacific Coast Highway was closed overnight in Ventura County because of high likelihood of rock slides in an area made bare by last year’s Springs Fire in Camarillo.
The storm that's been bringing strong winds, heavy rain and snow to much of Northern California over the past four days is weakening.
The California grape harvest dropped seven percent last year from 2014.
A winter storm is forecast to bring mostly rain in the Sierra Nevada Friday, with high snow levels. But Saturday, snow is expected at lower elevations.
The National Weather Service in Sacramento has issued an urban and small stream flood advisory for several counties in the region including: Sacramento, Yolo, Calaveras, Amador, San Joaquin and Stanislaus.
UPDATE 9 a.m.: The thousand-mile coast of California is covered in warnings, watches and advisories for rain, flooding and high surf as another El Nino storm moves in from the Pacific. Winter weather advisories are also in effect in Nevada.