Four storms, in quick succession. The opening storm, starting on Wednesday morning. Then three powerful storms - one each on Thursday morning, Friday evening, and Saturday evening.
Yes, we are going to wash away into the sea.
The Sacramento Bee calls it an 'atmospheric river':
The change is expected to Wednesday afternoon with what will amount to a "warmup" storm that should deliver 0.5 to about 1 inch.
That system, Van Cleave said, should be brief. By late Thursday, that "atmospheric river" will be headed to the area. The term - atmospheric river - tells the story: Van Cleave describes it as a "garden hose ... focused right in our area."
Forecast models show the Sacramento region "getting very wet with this into the weekend - in the neighborhood of 3 inches (of rain) or more for the Valley."