SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — High winds and heavy rains could make for a troublesome combination for the first day of spring, according to experts.
The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for the Sacramento and San Joaquin Valleys due to the strong storm system that is expected to soak Northern California through Sunday.
Areas around Solano County could see two to three inches of rainfall by Sunday evening, and many other areas through the valley and up into the Sierra foothills could see one to three inches of rain.
Officials said they will keep a close eye on river levels in the area but do not expect widespread, dangerous flooding. Some smaller creeks and waterways in low-lying areas could become a problem overnight into early Sunday morning.
A high wind warning has also been put into effect until Sunday morning. Wind gusts topping 60 MPH with sustained winds from 25-40 MPH are expected to develop overnight.
The saturated ground may increase the chances of trees toppling over, and power outages may take place.