After last week’s heavy rain renewed flood concerns, another storm is set to roll into Northern California starting Tuesday. But experts say its impacts — at least in the Sacramento region — are expected to be mild compared to other storms this winter.
“We do have another system that will bring additional precipitation to the area on Tuesday into Wednesday,” said Idamis Del Valle-Shoemaker, a meteorologist with the Sacramento branch of the National Weather Service.
Tuesday and Wednesday’s rainfall is expected to be “on the lighter side,” she said, with roughly a half inch to an inch of rain expected to fall in the Sacramento region. Areas near Stockton and Grass Valley are expected to see similar totals.
She said Sacramentans may see impacts like flooded roadways and longer commute times.
This storm will also bring high winds to some portions of the state, but the Sacramento region itself will largely be spared.
“The breezy winds that we're expecting will be mainly over the northern [portion of the Sacramento] valley and over the Sierra,” Del Valle-Shoemaker said. “Basically, the brunt of the storm will be over central and southern California — and Sacramento, we'll still see some impacts, but the main impacts will be felt toward the south.”
Much of the southern San Joaquin Valley is under a wind advisory through 9 p.m. Tuesday, with weather service officials warning of 20 to 30 mph winds and 45 mph gusts that could “blow around unsecured objects.” The advisory also warns that “tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may result.”
Snow continues to impact the Sierra. A winter weather advisory is in effect for the western slope of the Northern Sierra Nevada mountain range from 5 a.m. Tuesday to 5 a.m. Wednesday, with weather service officials warning of snowfall and wind gusts that could create hazardous travel conditions.
Snowfall is expected to be heaviest Tuesday, according to the weather service, and snow could accumulate as low as 4,000 feet.
Stormy conditions will clear by Wednesday night, according to the weather service. Thursday and Friday are expected to be partly or mostly sunny — and dry.
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