Forecasters: Storm cycle not over, next week will be wet

Forecasters say more rain is headed to California next week, and then even more

Hold on to your umbrellas – and sand bags.

Drought-parched California just took a relatively strong dose of meteorological medicine in the form of a storm that caused widespread flooding and power outages.

But another one is just around the corner.

While the storm won't be as strong as this week's deluge, it will bring some much-needed rainfall, said meteorologist John Dumas of the National Weather Service in Oxnard.

Northern California should start to see rainfall Sunday night into Monday, forecasters said. Southern California communities could get rain Monday.

The storm, Dumas said, is much like last week’s storms, which caused relatively little damage.

Still, there will be a risk of flash flooding and mudslides, according to the AccuWeather Global Weather Center.

And unlike this recent storm, it will hang around longer, possibly over several days.

According to the AccuWeather Global Weather Center, next week's storm could bring 1 to 3 inches of rain, and possibly more along the Sierra Nevada, the Cascades and slopes along the west and southwest-facing coastal range.

After that storm takes a bow, a second storm will take the stage and drench Northern California by next Friday into Saturday, before moving south by the weekend.

Compared with recent years, forecasters say they are seeing much more precipitation – and earlier.

"This month is staying wet," said meteorologist Brooke Bingaman of the National Weather Service in Sacramento.

"It's definitely a good start," she added.

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