NorCal rain greeted as mixed blessing

SACRAMENTO - People had a bittersweet reaction to Saturday's weather. On the one hand they were grateful for the much needed rain, but it's never without its challenges.

As rain covered the foothills, businesses in Newcastle felt the pinch of fewer customers willing to venture out into the downpour.

"It's possibly a little bit of a deterrent, yeah," The Local Artist Gallery spokesperson Barbara Powell said.

Powell hoped a new meet-the-artist event at the gallery could draw visitors despite the weather, but she saw a silver lining in the modest turnout.

"It's for the greater good of California. We need the rain," Powell said.

Drivers shared that sentiment as they braved the freeways, but the highway patrol had their hands full when parts of eastbound I-80 flooded.

"It's tricky. I've seen two incidents already. One gal was up on the side berm, and another one there was like a 4-pile backup, a clog. It's a mess. It's welcome though," Dana Clark said after driving through the rain.

Throughout the day drivers had to watch for accidents. A semi-truck crashed into the center divider after hydro-planing on northbound I-5, causing a huge traffic mess.

"I think they have just a false sense of security," Clark said. "They're in the comfort of their cars, and they forget that the conditions, that the traction and everything is affected."

Despite the problems, most agreed to take the challenges in stride because the need for rain won't be quenched by this storm alone.


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