The second severe storm system is moving through California

L.A. County remains dry, most of Southern California avoids Northern California storm system

More than a month after the region was deluged with flash floods, thunderstorms and dangerous surf, a second system of severe storms is moving through northern California, with a threat for high travel.

The latest system is already producing at least six inches of rain as of Sunday morning, with isolated locations as high as 1 foot. As of Friday evening, the rain had already soaked some of the state’s top wine producing grounds for the second-year in a row.

“I can’t wait to have someone bring a bucket of water to my place,” said Jeremy Anderson, a winemaker from St. Helena who is putting on a rain barrel system to collect rainwater on the property he owns in the Napa Valley area. “I’m glad it’s not a more severe storm.”

The first storm system moved through San Francisco in April, after another severe rainstorm in the area. While the storms brought heavy rainfall to the city, they brought light rain to the Peninsula and the surrounding areas.

However, the second system will bring the moisture to the San Mateo and Santa Maria valleys, creating a perfect storm for wildfires, flash flooding, mudslides and mudflows as the moisture begins to change the surface of the Pacific Ocean.

The storm system began moving into the Central Coast late last week, with a chance for thunderstorms and flooding, said Jeff Martin, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

The threat for wildfire is from the west where the winds are coming out of the south, Martin said, which could create fire ignitions, including from lightning.

In the San Bakr area, in the wine country, the drought has driven up the wildfire risk, which Martin said has already resulted in the first serious fire there in 25 years, in November.

“The fire season really begins here. People are talking about it, and it’s going to start here,” he said. “We’re still seeing lots of potential for fire and that’s why a lot of attention is being paid right now to that area.”

The fires may be more likely than usual for the summer, which Martin said is likely to mean more potential fire days, but also more fuel for the fires, especially given the forecasted high

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