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More rain on the way this week – Chico Enterprise-Record

CHICO – Almost immediately after the end of the weekend storm, Northern California is already considering two more on the way.

The first began when cloud cover began to blanket the sky Monday afternoon, which Hannah Chandler-Cooley, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Sacramento office, said will likely bring a small amount of rain.

“With this system, lower elevations won’t see much rain with this one,” Chandler-Cooley said. “It will be about a tenth to a quarter of an inch.”

Chandler-Cooley said foothills areas east of the valley will most likely see a bit more with projections showing up to a half-inch to an inch of precipitation. Additionally, snow levels will be between 4,500 and 5,500 feet.

“Then there will be a very quick break later in the day on Tuesday until Wednesday morning when a stronger system settles in,” Chanler-Cooley said. “With this system, in terms of numbers, the valley and lower elevations could see a quarter to three-quarters inch of rain. Then higher elevations might see one to two inches of rain.

As for snowfall for the second storm, only the northeast corner of Butte County is likely to see snowfall. Areas that see snow can be up to a foot or two.

Chandler-Cooley said the majority of precipitation will fall Wednesday evening through Thursday. The National Weather Service is also expecting thunderstorms on Thursday and with them there should be more precipitation.

“That one should clear Thursday night although there may be light and lingering showers Friday morning, but the bulk of the storm will be out Thursday night.”

According to the National Weather Service, there are no major advisories in effect other than a winter weather warning for Monday evening. Areas north and east of Butte County, such as Lake Tahoe, will likely see more rain and snow.

Chandler-Cooley said residents can also expect high winds and gusty conditions associated with upcoming storms. Charts produced by the National Weather Service showed the wind was expected to be strongest Wednesday, particularly over the northern and central Sacramento Valley.

Gusts in Chico and surrounding areas could reach 30 to 35 miles per hour.

Over the weekend, Butte County was hit with heavy downpours, including hail in parts of Chico. Chandler-Cooley said Butte County as a whole received between a quarter inch and a half inch of rain Saturday, with the foothills, like Paradise, receiving up to two and a quarter inches of rain.

Despite the storms, burning permits are still required as of April 15 for those wishing to conduct residential cleanups in preparation for fire season.