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Mudslides Possible On Burn Scars As California Braces For Rain

Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP

In this photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, Santa Barbara County Firefighters haul hose and equipment down steep terrain to root out and extinguish smoldering hot spots in Santa Barbara, Calif., Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017.

Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP

A wet winter storm is expected to bring up to 2 inches of rain in the Sacramento area early this week.

The National Weather Service office in Sacramento says light precipitation will arrive Sunday evening in northern California, with heavier rain arriving Monday. Snow levels are expected to drop below pass levels Monday night, bringing travel delays and chain controls by early Tuesday.

The agency says there is a "minor risk" of mudslides over recent burn scars in northern California.

Winds gusting up to 50 mph are expected over mountain ridges, and up to 40 mph in the San Joaquin Valley.

The Associated Press reports that in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, up to 6 inches of rain starting Monday could cause mudslides on hillsides in the 440-square-mile area burned by the Thomas Fire.

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