Update: 1 p.m. - Severe Weather In Area South Of I-80, Rainfall Totals
The National Weather Service issued an advisory for eastern Sacramento County, west-central Calaveras County and western Amador County, due to a line of strong showers and thunderstorms. Hail of up to a half-inch in diameter, winds up to 40 mph and isolated funnel clouds are possible.
The storms are expected to develop into the afternoon.
Forecasters are calling for widespread heavy rain across most of northern California Saturday and Sunday. The heavy winds that peaked at more than 130mph in the Sierra Friday are expected to lessen by Saturday morning. The high wind warning expires at 7 a.m. Saturday.
The National Weather Service says the heaviest rainfall will occur in northern California and southern Oregon, with totals between 6 and 10 inches expected. The heavy rain poses a threat for flash flooding in the area.
The chance for rain is 100 percent overnight Friday, dropping to 80 percent Saturday morning, then to 60 percent Saturday evening. Another system is expected to hit Sunday, with the chance of rain at 80 percent through most of the day.
Winds on Saturday will be between 13 and 18 mph, with gusts to 28 mphs. Thunderstorms are expected to dot the area Saturday morning, and again Sunday morning, with breezes 17 to 24 mph, gusting to 33 mph on Sunday.
Up to one inch of rain is expected to fall both Saturday and Sunday across the Sacramento area. The forecast calls for a 20 percent chance of rain Monday, with mostly sunny skies returning on Tuesday, with a high temperature of 61.
The snow level in the Sierra is expected fluctuate from lake level at Lake Tahoe, to about 7,000 feet, with 4 to 12 inches of accumulation expected by 10 a.m. Saturday. More than two feet of snow may fall near the crest. High wind warnings were due to expire at 4 a.m. Saturday.
Power Outages Update - 11:50 p.m. Friday:
SMUD reported 291 customers were without power in the Rosemont, Fair Oaks and Pocket/Greenhaven neighborhoods.
A look at storm total precip amounts- spots near Cape Mendocino have hit double digits! Current focus over Sierra. pic.twitter.com/osacJUZALA— NWS CNRFC (@NWSCNRFC) February 7, 2015