(AP) Friday, March 27 --The National Weather Service says a funnel cloud touched down near Roseville shortly after 6:15 p.m. last night.
A Fire Department Division Chief tells the Merced Sun-Star that 12 houses suffered roof damage and six reported fence damage.
No injuries are reported.
The weather service says a tornado also touched down in Ordbend, in Glenn County. KNTV says there are reports of at least four twisters, which are rare for California.
The northern half of the state is experiencing wild weather including thunderstorms packing heavy winds.
Showers are likely to continue through the weekend.
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.