Update: Wet Week Ahead
Heavy Rain in Sonora
A series of Pacific storms will impact the region through Thursday.
According to the National Weather Service, the first in a series of storm systems will move into the area later today.
This is a weak system that will mainly impact the western edge of the Northern San Joaquin Valley.
The second system, which will be wetter, will move into the Mother Lode on Tuesday and Tuesday night.
The strongest system of the week will move through on Wednesday and Thursday, with heavy precipitation and strong winds.
Heavy rain from this storm could result in flash flooding, washed out roads, mud slides, rock slides and debris flows, particularly in the vicinity of the burn scars.
Flooding is also possible near and along rivers and streams in the Sierra foothills from Wednesday night through Thursday.
Rain totals of two to four inches are expected below 7,000 feet by Thursday evening.
Residents should be prepared for the possibility of life threatening flooding and be prepared for Flash Flood Watches and Warnings.
If you live in a flood prone area, this would be a good time to review an emergency escape plan in the event that high water or a debris flow threatens your home. Burn scars that may be impacted by heavy rain, include the Ferguson burn scar.
This also means that significant snow accumulation is possible in the Sierra Nevada above 5,000 feet on Tuesday night and above 6,000 feet on Wednesday night and Thursday.
Three to four feet of snow accumulation is likely above the 7,000 foot elevation.
Breezy conditions are expected Tuesday with stronger winds on Wednesday and Wednesday night.