Wednesday's rain storm will be relatively weak, but it will be just the first in a series of weather systems that will bring periods of rain to the Sacramento/San Joaquin region through the weekend.
Driving around Sacramento Tuesday evening, FOX40 found gardeners and homeowners racing to clear leaves away from drains and gutters.
At East Sacramento Hardware, the shelves were stocked with tarps, gutter cleaning shovels, and water drainage equipment.
A clogged rooftop gutter can cause rain water to run down a home's walls, seeping into the structure through cracks.
The Sacramento forecast calls for chances of rain Wednesday and Thursday, then a wetter system arriving on Friday.