Mike Smith is a meteorologist with the national Weather Service in Sacramento.
"Well, obviously it's a over a once in a 100 year event, so it's fairly rare," he says.
Smith says Sacramento is also likely to see a record high temperature today -- at 70 degrees. The old record was 69.
"Typically this time of year in Sacramento, we get right around the mid 50s and we're expecting a high today of 70s so that's about 15 degrees above normal," Smith says. "Some places in the northern valley will be pushing about 20 degrees above normal for this time of year."
Strong El Niño forecast expected through Spring.
Despite a potential strong El Niño, the drought in most of California is forecast to continue into a fifth year.
(AP) - A Northern California city has ordered restaurants to cut back on dishwashing by using disposable plates and cups as a way to save water amid the state's fourth year of drought.
Water storage has dwindled at six major reservoirs in California.
(AP) - Residents of the Fresno County city of Clovis will no longer be fined if they use too much water after this month.