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 Sacramento Region has a few more days of triple digit summer heat before things cool off this weekend.
Weather forecasters are predicting a strong El Niño for parts of California this winter and lasting through early spring. While it could bring much needed rain, it could also cause problems.
Triple digit heat has many people staying cool inside. But outdoor workers don't have that option.
Highway 140 will reopen Thursday afternoon after a mudslide made the road impassable in Yosemite National Park.
The "well above-average" rain of the past three months in California has not brought any improvement to drought conditions in the state.