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Wind, rain bring weather advisories for region

Two weather alerts have been issued for this area through the National Weather Service in Sacramento. High winds and possible flooding are forecast to impact the area over the weekend and into next week.

First, a wind advisory will be in effect from 2 p.m. through 10 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 17.

Southeast winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 45 mph expected.

The advisory area includes the Sacramento Valley, Northern San Joaquin Valley, Northeast Foothills/Sacramento Valley and Motherlode.

Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects. Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may result.

Use extra caution when driving, especially if operating a high-profile vehicle. Secure outdoor objects.

A flood watch remains in effect from Sunday afternoon, Feb. 18 through Wednesday morning, Feb. 21. Flooding caused by excessive rainfall continues to be possible. A portion of northern California will be impacted including the Carquinez Strait and Delta, Central Sacramento Valley, Motherlode, Mountains Southwestern Shasta County to Western Colusa County, Northeast Foothills/Sacramento Valley, Northern Sacramento Valley, Northern San Joaquin Valley and Southern Sacramento Valley.

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.

Moderate to heavy rain from a strong storm system, along with brief heavy rain from thunderstorms will bring the potential for urban and small stream flooding, with rises on mainstem rivers. For more information, visit

Residents in the area are advised to monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible Flood Warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.