The National Weather Service says Tuesday through Thursday, about a half-an-inch of rain is expected in the valley with an inch or so of rain in the foothills.
Mike Smith with the Weather Service in Sacramento says there's also a chance of thunderstorms and even a tornado.
"This is probably a pretty normal winter storm for a normal season, so it's not going to help a whole lot; it's just one system," says Smith. "The good news is, we do have more on the way. We're expecting more rain coming up this weekend and then possibly some more even going into next week."
He says the region is still a long way from normal when it comes to precipitation - but there's positive news in the forecast.
Smith says the storm is also likely to bring a foot or two of snow to the Sierra. He says gusty winds are possible, and there's a winter storm warning in effect from 3 p.m. today through Thursday morning.
California remains deep in a drought, but a steady string of wet weather is making it look and feel replenished.
California is getting more rain Monday morning, but the two storms moving through the region aren't packing the wallop delivered by last week's major storm.
The storm has caused water levels to rise in the state’s reservoirs. But the rain won’t do a lot to improve the state’s water supply.
From the coast to the valleys and Sierra Nevada, Northern California is forecast to be walloped by a storm with near hurricane-force winds, rain and snow. The storm is forecast to be the biggest storm to hit the region since 2008.
Get ready for the biggest storm in years to pelt the Sacramento region. Forecasters are predicting light showers by Wednesday night.