Storm brings decent rainfall to Butte County

CHICO — As the wind howled through the trees of Chico, the rivers began to rise Monday as a storm pushed its way through Butte County.

Meteorologist Sierra Littlefield of the National Weather Service Sacramento office said downtown Chico had reached roughly 2.75 inches by 2 p.m. Monday with Paradise getting the most in Butte County at 6 inches, followed by Stirling City at 5.85 inches and Oroville at 2.3 inches.

Highway 70 was closed Monday from Jarbo Gap to Greenville Wye in Plumas County because of a mudslide.

The storm is expected to be clearing by Tuesday with a second one moving in for Wednesday and Thursday. Littlefield said light snow could be possible for the upper foothill areas.

Cal Fire-Butte County announced on Twitter that it had more than 50 calls for service Monday, particularly in the upper ridge area of Butte County.

The National Weather Service’s wind advisory was in effect until 10 p.m. Monday with wind gusts reaching up to 30 mph in the north valley. Wind gusts were expected to decline today to 3-7 mph but gusts could pick up to 32 mph on Wednesday.

The storm is expected to be clearing today with a second one moving in for Wednesday and Thursday. Littlefield said light snow could be possible for the upper foothill areas.

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