Batten down the hatches, because we could be in for a few very rainy, windy days, the National Weather Service warns.
Between Wednesday night and Saturday, Modesto, Turlock and other parts of Stanislaus County could receive up to 2 inches of rain, according to the NWS Sacramento office. Sonora and other parts of Tuolumne County might get up to 4 inches.
The seven-day forecasts for Modesto and Turlock say up to a quarter inch may fall Wednesday night, up to a half inch Thursday and an additional quarter inch Thursday night. Beyond those days, it doesn't state amounts.
The chance of rain in the Stanislaus communities is 80 percent Wednesday night, 90 percent Thursday, 70 percent Thursday night and Friday, 60 percent Friday night and 50 percent Saturday.
The forecast also calls for gusty winds of 20 to 30 mph in Stanislaus and Tuolumne counties.
In the Sierra, Sonora Pass is expected to receive 60 to 80 inches of snow through Saturday, and Tioga Pass 24 to 36 inches.
"Heavy mountain snow and major travel impacts through Saturday," the weather service posted on Facebook on Wednesday. "Valley rain not expected to cause flooding issues outside of some ponding of water on roadways."
But for those who'd rather be safe than sorry, the Stanislaus County Office of Emergency Services provides information to request sandbags and report flooded streets or broken tree limbs. It's on the weather information page at stanemergency.com.
For county residents, the numbers are 209-525-4130 and, after hours, 209-661-7468.
Modesto, 209-342-2244 sandbags, 209-577-6200 streets, 209-342-2249 trees.
Turlock, 209-668-5594 sandbags and trees, 209-668-5590 streets, 209-668-1200 after hours.
Oakdale, 209-847-5904, 800-868-8750 after hours.
Ceres, 209-538-5732, 209-538-5712 after hours.
Patterson, 209-895-8060, 209-895-8000 ext. 9 after hours.
Hughson, 209-883-4054, 209-505-3049 after hours.
"The cold, windy and wet weather might come as a surprise after the springlike conditions so far in 2018, but we are very much still in winter," Pat Hogan, senior vice president of electric operations for Pacific Gas & Electric said in a safety advisory sent out Wednesday morning. "We encourage everyone to have a plan for this week’s storm and to be prepared for outages that could occur. We are closely tracking the weather and are ready to restore service safely and as quickly as possible.”
PG&E provided storm safety tips:
Never touch downed wires: If you see a downed power line, assume it is energized and extremely dangerous. Keep children and animals away. Report downed power lines immediately by calling 911 and by calling PG&E at 1-800-743-5002.
Use flashlights, not candles: If you must use candles, keep them away from drapes, lampshades and small children. Do not leave candles unattended.
Have a backup phone: If you have a telephone system that requires electricity to work, such as a cordless phone or answering machine, plan to have a standard telephone or cellular phone ready as a backup.
Have fresh drinking water and ice: Freeze plastic containers filled with water to make blocks of ice that can be placed in your refrigerator/freezer during an outage to prevent foods from spoiling. Blue Ice from a picnic cooler also works well in the freezer.
Secure outdoor furniture: Deck furniture, lightweight yard structures and decorative lawn items should be secured, because they can be blown by high winds and damage overhead power lines and property.
Use generators safely: Customers with standby electric generators should make sure they are properly installed by a licensed electrician in a well-ventilated area. Improperly installed generators pose a significant danger to crews working on power lines. If using portable generators, be sure they are in a well-ventilated area.
Turn off appliances: If you experience an outage, unplug or turn off all electrical appliances to avoid overloading circuits and to prevent fire hazards when power is restored. Simply leave a single lamp on to alert you when power returns.
Other tips can be found at pge.com/beprepared.