More heavy rain expected to hit drenched California
Traffic moves west along Interstate 80 west of Reno, Nev., as a heavy, wet storm hits Northern Nevada on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012. A powerful storm delivered more snow and less rainfall Sunday to the Sierra than forecast, blunting the flooding danger on the Truckee River in California and Nevada, forecasters said. (AP Photo/Cathleen Allison)
A traffic control vehicle transits a flooded underpass in San Rafael, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012. Days of heavy rains have left the region saturated and several rivers are expected to flood their banks Sunday afternoon. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
A vehicle transits a flooded underpass in San Rafael, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, as utility workers work to repair a downed power line. Although sunny skies reappeared throughout the region Sunday afternoon, flood warnings remain for several rivers. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
Kimberly Masklyne looks at her flooded car, Sunday Dec. 2, 2012, in Windsor, Calif. The National Weather Service issued flood warnings yesterday for both the Napa and Russian rivers. (AP Photo/The Press Democrat, Kent Porter)
Utility crews work in the wind and rain to repair a power pole that was damaged by the overnight storm along Hall Road in Santa Rosa, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012. The National Weather Service issued flood warnings yesterday for both the Napa and Russian rivers. (AP Photo/The Press Democrat, Kent Porter)
Northern California residents recovering yesterday from a series of wet, windy storms likely won’t get much of a break as another system is expected to drench the area.
Up to 5 more inches of rain could fall in the region beginning today, the National Weather Service said.
The rain could be especially heavy at times in areas north of Redding and across the Sierra Nevada, meteorologist Dan Keeton said.
Still, it should be nothing like the downpours that left between 15 to 20 inches of rain in some areas over the five-day period that ended Sunday.
Forecasters said the latest storm left the area faster than expected.
“It’s going to be significant, but less impactful,” Keeton said of the coming rain. “There will be some isolated impact in certain areas, but nothing as widespread compared to what we saw late last week. This was a down-payment on our winter water supply accumulation.”
Pacific Gas & Electric crews continued to work on restoring power to about 8,000 users, a figure that was down from 57,000 on Sunday in areas stretching from Santa Cruz to Eureka and parts of the San Francisco Bay area.
Three powerful storms drenched the region within a week.
Sunday’s storm dropped as much as an inch of rain an hour in some areas while toppling trees, bringing flash-flooding to roadways, and knocking out electrical service.
“I think everybody got nervous last week,” Keeton said. “These storms came with plenty of warnings, but it rained so hard at times that many were still left surprised by what Mother Nature can do.”
Rivers across Northern California swelled from the deluge but did not flood as much as expected.