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Posted: Friday, November 30, 2012 2:05 pm | Updated: 9:03 am, Sat Dec 1, 2012.

A flood watch and wind advisory remains in effect for many areas of Northern California until Sunday afternoon, and Lodi residents should expect a wet weekend, with storms off and on throughout today and Sunday.

Urban and small stream flooding will occur in the northern San Joaquin Valley and the area will experience winds from the south at 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 40 mph, a National Weather Service advisory says.

The rain poured down in Lodi beginning Thursday night, flooding the dog area at Beckman Park and the baseball diamond at Kofu Park, which are used as drainage basins. Egrets were wading in the water at Beckman Park at 11 a.m. Friday.

Local streets also flooded as fallen leaves clogged storm drains.

By Friday afternoon, there had been nearly two inches of rain at Stockton Metropolitan Airport from storms on Thursday and Friday, said John Dlugoenski, a senior meteorologist with Accuweather.com, a private forecasting service.

Rainfall numbers will increase throughout the weekend by an additional inch or two with intermittent showers, he said.

"It will be a very wet, windy and stormy weekend," he said.

On Monday, the weather should dry out briefly, but rain is forecasted again on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The rain is good news for the Central Valley, which depends on precipitation at this time of year, Dlugoenski said.

"This is your wet season, so if it is dry now, you are in trouble this summer," he said.

Still, the National Weather Service has announced an area flood watch to remain in effect until 4 p.m. Sunday. Dlugoenski said there is also potential for mud slides at higher elevations in the Sierras.

The rain is coming from a slow-moving storm system off the coast of Vancouver, British Columbia in Canada.

"It's such a large storm system, we keep seeing waves of moisture coming into the area," Dlugoenski said.

Today, the weather will be breezy, with rain that will at times be heavy.

Temperatures will remain consistent for the weekend, ranging from a high of 62 degrees to a low of 54 today.

On Sunday, it will likely be breezy with potentially heavy rain. A high of 59 and a low of 48 is expected.

"With rain and clouds, there will not be a range of temperatures," Dlugoenski said.

For agriculture, the rain is coming at a perfect time, said Agriculture Commissioner Scott Hudson. Farmers are finished with the harvest, and the rain is beneficial as long as there are not prolonged days of heavy rain that cause flooding or make the ground super-saturated.

"It's welcome, and we need the water supply," Hudson said. "We like to see the snow in the mountains, and the water in the reservoirs for our summer crops. This is actually a benefit."

Contact reporter Maggie Creamer at maggiec@lodinews.com.

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