Dec 10, 2014 2:29 PM by News Staff
Public works crews in Northern California are clearing storm drains as residents load up on sandbags ahead of a powerful storm that could unleash hurricane-force winds able to topple trees and power lines and heavy rain causing streams and rivers to flood.
The National Weather Service says as much as 8 inches of rain could fall on coastal mountains over a 24-hour period starting late Wednesday. Ski resorts in the northern Sierra Nevada could get more than 2 feet of snow.
The storm is expected to be one of the windiest and rainiest in five years.
In the state's agricultural heartland, farmers are looking forward to the dousing after three years of drought.
Rain at this time of year tends to make fruit bigger, allowing it to fetch higher prices at market.
For a list of North State locations providing sandbags click here.
The Associated Press contributed to this report