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Warnings Issued Ahead Of Next Storm System

A flood watch and a high wind watch are both in effect for the region, issued by the National Weather Service in Sacramento.

A portion of northern California, including the Carquinez Strait and Delta, Northeast Foothills/Sacramento Valley, Northern Sacramento Valley, Northern San Joaquin Valley and Southern Sacramento Valley are included in the flood watch, which remains in effect through Friday morning, Jan. 6.

Flooding caused by excessive rainfall continues to be possible. Excessive runoff may result in flooding of rivers, creeks, streams, and other low-lying and flood-prone locations. Creeks and streams may rise out of their banks. Flooding may occur in poor drainage and urban areas. Low-water crossings may be flooded. Storm drains and ditches may become clogged with debris. Extensive street flooding and flooding of creeks and rivers are possible. Area rivers, creeks, and streams are running high, particularly along the Cosumnes and Mokelumne rivers, and are expected to rise with more heavy rain.

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Residents throughout the region are urged to monitor forecasts and those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.

The high wind warning will be in effect through Thursday, Jan. 5.

Damaging southerly winds 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 60 mph expected.

Impacted areas are forecast to include the Sacramento Valley, Northern San Joaquin Valley, Carquinez Strait and Delta, Mountains Southwestern Shasta County to Western Colusa County, Northeast Foothills/Sacramento Valley and Motherlode.

The winds will have the potential to blow down trees and power lines. Widespread power outages are expected. Travel will be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.

Saturated soils will allow for trees to topple more easily during this wind event. The strongest winds will be Wednesday afternoon and into Thursday morning. People should avoid being outside in forested areas and around trees and branches. If possible, remain in the lower levels of your home during the windstorm, and avoid windows. Use caution if you must drive.