And this is when we dream we had the Auburn Dam up and storing; weather as reported by Accu Weather.
A double-barreled storm will soak California with rain and flash flooding while areas farther north are hit with more snow and ice into Friday.
While the storm will bring beneficial moisture to the region, it will also cause travel disruptions to heavily-populated areas along the Pacific coast.
Travel was halted along part of Highway 20 in Oregon on Wednesday afternoon after multiple avalanches made the mountain road impassable. No injuries were reported and crews quickly worked to clear the snow.
Storm has potential to bring heavy rain to California
A few inches of rain are likely to fall on central and northern California, especially along the west-facing slopes of the Coast Range and the Sierra Nevada. However, some rain will push southward and soak part of Southern California before the week draws to a close.
While sporadic showers will affect areas from San Francisco to Sacramento through Wednesday night during the first part of the storm, the bulk of the rain will be during Thursday and Thursday evening as the second part of the storm rolls ashore. Travel delays are likely in these areas.
Enough rain will fall to cause excess water on the roads, including along the major California highways such as Interstate 5, I-10, I-15 and I-80. In some cases, flash and urban flooding can occur. Motorists should also be on the lookout for debris on the secondary roads in the hilly terrain. Enough rain can fall to cause mudslides, especially in areas recently charred by wildfires.