So far this water year, the Yuba-Sutter area has received about half its normal rainfall – rain this week could change that up.
According to statistics, this area typically receives more than three inches of rain during the first couple months of the water year (which runs from Oct. 1 through Sept. 30). Records show that about 1-1/2 inches have been received in the Marysville area so far.
According to the National Weather Service in Sacramento, it is projected that storm systems this week will bring rainfall up to par for the season.
Showers are predicted to arrive on today, with temperatures remaining warmer. A wetter, colder system is expected to move in Wednesday night and continue into Thursday. The Sacramento office of the NWS predicts that the Yuba-Sutter area “will get roughly a half-inch of rain on each day.”
There is a small chance of thunderstorms on Thursday, which would increase the projected rainfall rates for the day.
Snow is expected in the Sierras starting today, at or above pass levels. Four to eight inches of snow is expected at that elevation and higher elevations could see as much as 12 inches. By early Thursday, snow levels will begin to come down in elevation, reaching 3,500 to 4,500 feet by Friday morning. Heavy snow will likely cause major disruptions to mountain travel Wednesday night and Thursday.
No problems are foreseen in the Yuba-Sutter area.
“There are no flooding concerns in our region at this time,” said Mike Inamine, executive director of the Sutter Butte Flood Control Agency. “Our concerns are more northern.”
Officials have concerns that the rainy weather could cause pooling in areas of Butte County that have been scarred by fire. Gusty winds in the area could also bring down burned and dead trees, adding to the already great amount of debris, causing additional concerns.
The rainy weather, starting last week, has had minimal effect on local agriculture.
Most crops were already harvested for the season – except nursery crops, which will be harvested within the next six to eight weeks.
Agriculture offices reported that rice harvests were normal for the season. Walnuts were late to mature this year due to weather patterns earlier in the season, but harvest was only slightly delayed.