Much of the Lodi area — and the state — was soaked Monday, and locals can expect to see more rain and blustery weather in coming days.
Between four to eight inches of rain is expected to fall during the next five days, with few breaks between weather patterns, said Ken Clark, meteorologist for Accuweather.com, a private forecasting service.
"The forecast? Rain. It's simple but true," Clark said.
Clark said storms traveling from the west, each no more than 24 hours apart, are expected to taper off each night with the next one starting in the morning.
It is expected to be the wettest series of storms of the winter storm season.
So far, the area has seen 7.9 inches of rain this season.
Each storm this week is expected to bring heavy winds, rain, some thunderstorms and possibly hail.
Winds are expected to reach a high on Wednesday with the strongest gusts estimated at 60 mph.
Massive snowfall is expected in the central and southern parts of the Sierra.
"West-facing mountains will see quite a bit of snow, and low elevations of the Sierra could pick up more snow, too," Clark said. "Heaps of snow that will not be measured by a yard stick but need many yard sticks."
He added that there may be some local flooding around the Delta, and other low lands can expect flooding as the storms continue to keep the ground saturated.
Snow and ice on Sierra highways
According to the California Department of Transportation's Web site, travelers on Highway 88 will be required to use chains on all vehicles except four-wheel drive cars equipped with four snow tires. This will be enforced from Ham's Station to one mile west of Woodfords in Alpine County.
Highway 4 drivers must also have chains with the exception of four-wheel-drive vehicles with snow tires on all four wheels. This will be enforced from Cottage Springs to the Mount Reba turnoff.
Great news for skiers
Kirkwood: Late Monday, Kirkwood reported a foot of new snow and is expecting daytime temperatures in the mid-20s. Surface conditions are reported to be fresh powder and skier-packed powder. For more information visit www.kirkwood.com or call (877) 547-59663. (This is a special eight-digit number.)
Rainfall by the numbersA look at Lodi's highest rainfall in January during the last 20 years:
1993: 4.4 inches
1997: 4.51 inches
1998: 5.37 inches
2008: 5.25 inches
2010, so far: 1.12 inches
Dodge Ridge: The mountain reported 15 inches of new snow Monday with temperatures in the low 30s during the day. Dodge Ridge expected 18 inches of snow by Tuesday morning and surface conditions were reported as fresh powder and machine groomed. For more information, check the Web site at www.dodgeridge.com or call 536-5300.
Bear Valley: Resort operators reported "tons of new snow" with gusty conditions Monday afternoon. Call 753-2301 ext. 2 for current conditions.