The first storm system of the fall will arrive in the Sacramento region around daybreak tomorrow. Forecasters say there's a 100 percent chance of rain and strong winds Friday through Sunday. They're expecting about one to two inches to fall by next week.
David Rowe, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sacramento, says this storm will bring more rain than snow, except around the mountain peaks.
"The highest elevations of the Sierras will see some snow, especially above about 8,000 feet, and also especially the second half of the weekend as snow levels lower a bit," says Rowe.
He also says this storm system will be stronger than average for this time of year.
"Usually we kind of ease into the wet season with weaker storms, gradually picking up strength as we get into November, December," he says. "But this year we're kicking off the rain season with a bang, it looks like."
Commuters should expect some travel delays related to hazards posed by high winds and lots of rain. This storm system could bring as much as three to four inches around Redding.