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Rain begins Wednesday night north of Sacramento

Sandbags are filled at a Sacramento County site in North Highlands as residents prepare for the upcoming storm Wednesday.
Sandbags are filled at a Sacramento County site in North Highlands as residents prepare for the upcoming storm Wednesday. rpench@sacbee.com

The winter storm, billed as most powerful to hit the region in years, moved onshore Wednesday evening, blanketing much of Northern California with rain.

The heaviest rainfall early Wednesday evening fell north of Sacramento around Shasta Lake, Whiskeytown, Redding and the Chico foothills.

“Watch for pounding water on the roadways with rising water levels developing on the steams and creeks this evening across interior Northern California,” the National Weather Service warned via their Facebook Page.

As of 8:10 p.m. the precipitation nearest to Sacramento was occurring near Blue Canyon, Nevada City and Grass Valley.

“By midnight we are looking gusty winds developing,” said Karl Swanberg, a weather service forecaster. “It’s just the very beginning.”

Earlier Wednesday, the weather service issued a flood warning for the upper Sacramento River, focused mainly on the area of the river between Red Bluff and Chico.

Call The Bee’s Ed Fletcher, (916) 321-1269. Follow him on Twitter @NewsFletch.

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