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The Largest Selection of Wholesale Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Products in Sacramento

When it comes to trying new, exciting cuisine, few foods hit the spot like a deliciously fresh Mediterranean meal. However, we know that it can be very difficult to find authentic Mediterranean grocery wholesalers in Sacramento, CA. Having lived in metro Atlanta for years, we realized that our customers needed an easy way to find quality wholesale Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food in bulk. That is why we created Nazareth Grocery Mediterranean Market - to give everyone a chance to enjoy tasty, healthy food, desserts, and authentic Mediterranean gifts at wholesale prices.

Founded in 2009, Nazareth Grocery has become one of Sacramento's leading international wholesale grocery stores. We are very proud to serve our customers and do everything in our power to give them the largest selection of high-quality wholesale goods available.

If you're looking for the freshest, most delicious Middle Eastern wholesale products and ingredients, you will find them here at the best prices in the state. We encourage you to swing by our store in Marietta to see our selection for yourself. We think that you will be impressed!

The Nazareth Difference

At Nazareth Grocery Mediterranean Market, our mission is simple: bring you and your family the largest selection of wholesale Mediterranean products in Sacramento. When coupled with our helpful, friendly staff and authentic Middle Eastern atmosphere, it's easy to see why we are the top Middle Eastern grocery wholesaler in Sacramento, CA. We're proud to carry just about every kind of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern product that you can think of, from prepared meals and hookahs to fine seasonings and sweets. We're here for our customers and want each one of them to have a unique, one-of-a-kind experience when they shop with us.

Our loyal customers love our selection of the following wholesale foods and gifts:

  • Fresh Breads
  • OlivesOlives
  • HummusHummus
  • CheesesCheeses
  • SaucesSauces
  • Savory-FoodsSavory Foods
  • DessertsDesserts
  • DrinksDrinks
  • HookahsHookahs
  • TobaccoTobacco
  • SaucesGifts
  • Much More!Much More!

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Most Popular Wholesale Mediterranean Foods

There is so much more to Mediterranean food than pizza and pasta. The perfect climate combined with delicious foods and amazing wine makes the Mediterranean incredibly irresistible. That's why our customers absolutely love to buy this kind of cuisine in bulk. Every country in this region has its own set of specialties and delicacies, each with its own flavors and styles of preparation.

Mediterranean countries include:

  • France
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Turkey
  • Syria
  • Egypt
  • Israel
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Tunisia
  • Spain
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So, when it comes to the most popular wholesale Mediterranean products in Sacramento,
what are we talking about?

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Feta Cheese

Feta cheese is a classic Mediterranean dairy product that is often enjoyed on its own, in Greek salads, on bread, or mixed with zucchini. Depending on where the feta is sourced and produced, the cheese can be made from cow, sheep, or goat milk, or even a combination of the three. Regardless of the animal it comes from, this delicious cheese is a crowd favorite.

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Baba Ganoush

This Levantine dish is one of the most well-known Mediterranean dishes to eat in the United States. It typically comes in the form of a dip, served with pita or another kind of dipping bread. Commonly served before dinner as an appetizer of sorts, it usually features tahini, eggplant, garlic, spices, and sometimes yogurt. This tasty cuisine works great as a spread on a sandwich, or you can even eat it with a spoon, all on its own.

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Baklava

If you have never tried authentic baklava before, get ready to have your mind blown. This dessert is a traditional Mediterranean food that will have your taste buds craving more and more. Once you open a box of baklava from our Mediterranean grocery wholesaler in Sacramento, CA, you won't want to stop eating! Baklava is made with layers of thin filo dough, which is layered together, filled with chopped nuts (think pistachios), and sealed with honey or syrup. Baklava is so good that its origins are debated, leaving many wondering which country invented the dessert. Everyone from the Turks to the Greeks and even Middle Easterners hold unique takes on baklava. Try each one to discover your favorite!

Most Popular Wholesale Middle Eastern Foods

Fresh, healthy, aromatic, rich: it's no wonder that the popularity of Middle Eastern cuisine and products has skyrocketed in the United States. This genre of cuisine features a large variety of foods, from Halvah to Labneh. If there were one common theme throughout all Middle Eastern food, it would be the bright, vibrant herbs and spices that are used. These flavorings help create rich, complex flavors that foodies fawn over. Typically, Middle Eastern food is piled high for all to eat, with enough food for an entire republic to put down.

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Tabbouleh

This refreshing, healthy dish is chock-full of greens, herbs, tomatoes, and bulgur (or cracked wheat), creating a memorable, bold flavor. This dish may be eaten on its own or paired with a shawarma sandwich or helping of falafel. It's best to buy your ingredients in bulk to make this dish because it tastes best freshly made with family around to enjoy. Just be sure to bring a toothpick to the tabbouleh party - you're almost certain to have some leafy greens stuck in your teeth after eating.

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Shawarma

We mentioned shawarma above, and for good reason - this dish is enjoyed by men and women around the world, and of course, right here in the U.S. Except for falafel, this might be the most popular Middle Eastern food item in history. Shawarma is kind of like a Greek gyro, with slow-roasted meat stuffed in laffa with veggies and sauce. The blend of spices and the smoky meat mix together to create a tangy, meaty flavor that you will want to keep eating for hours. For western-style shawarma, try using beef or chicken. For a more traditional meal, try using lamb from our Middle Eastern grocery distributor in Sacramento, CA.

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Hummus

Traditionally used as a dip meant for fresh pita, hummus is a combo of chickpeas, garlic, and tahini, blended together until silky, smooth, and creamy. You can find hummus in just about any appetizer section of a Middle Eastern restaurant menu. That's because it's considered a staple of Middle Eastern food that can be enjoyed by itself, as a spread, or with fresh-baked pita bread. Hummus is also very healthy, making it a no-brainer purchase from our grocery store.

Benefits of Eating a Mediterranean Diet

If there's one diet that is most well-known for its health benefits, it has got to be the Mediterranean diet. In 2019, U.S. News & World Report listed the Mediterranean diet as No. 1 on its best over diet list. This incredible diet has been cited to help with weight loss, brain health, heart health, diabetes prevention, and cancer prevention.

Whether you already love Mediterranean food or you're looking to make some positive changes in your life, this "diet" is for you. Eating cuisine like Greek food, Persian food, Turkish food, and Italian food is healthy and tastes great. Even better than that? At Nazareth Wholesale Grocery, we have many staples of the Mediterranean diet for sale in bulk so that you can stock up on your favorites at the best prices around.

So, what exactly is the Mediterranean diet?

It is a way of eating that incorporates traditional Greek, Italian, and other Mediterranean cultures' foods. These foods are often plant-based and make up the foundation of the diet, along with olive oil. Fish, seafood, dairy, and poultry are also included in moderation. Red meat and sweets are only eaten in moderation, not in abundance. Mediterranean food includes many forms of nuts, fruits, vegetables, fish, seeds, and more. Of course, you can find at them all at our wholesale Mediterranean grocery store!

Here are just a few of the many benefits of eating a healthy Mediterranean diet:

Reduced Risk of Heart Disease

Reduced Risk
of Heart Disease

Many studies have been conducted on this diet, many of which report that Mediterranean food is excellent for your heart. Some of the most promising evidence comes from a randomized clinical trial published in 2013. For about five years, researchers followed 7,000 men and women around the country of Spain. These people had type 2 diabetes or were at a high risk for cardiovascular disease. Participants in the study who ate an unrestricted Mediterranean diet with nuts and extra-virgin olive oil were shown to have a 30% lower risk of heart events.

Reduced Risk of Stroke for Women

Reduced Risk
of Stroke for Women

In addition to the heart-healthy benefits of a Mediterranean diet, studies have shown that eating healthy Mediterranean and Middle Eastern foods can reduce the chances of stroke in women. The study was conducted in the U.K., which included women between the ages of 40 and 77. Women who stuck to the Mediterranean diet showed a lower risk of having a stroke - especially women who were at high risk of having one.

Benefits of Eating a Mediterranean Diet

First and foremost, purchase your Mediterranean and Middle Eastern wholesale foods from Nazareth Grocery - we're always updating our inventory! Getting started on this healthy, delicious diet is easy.

Try these tips:

Try these tips

1.

Instead of unhealthy sweets like candy and ice cream, try eating fresh fruit instead. It's refreshing, tasty, and often packed with great vitamins and nutrients.

2.

Try eating fish twice a week, in lieu of red meat. Fish is much healthier and doesn't have the unfortunate side effects of red meat, like inflammation.

3.

Try planning out your meals using beans, whole grains, and veggies. Don't start with meats and sweets.

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They're tasty, but try to avoid processed foods completely.

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Instead of using butter to flavor your food, use extra virgin olive oil instead. Olive oil contains healthy fats and tastes great too.

6.

Try to get more exercise and get out of the house. The Mediterranean lifestyle is an active one, best enjoyed in the beautiful sunshine when possible.

Why Buy Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Products Wholesale?

Buying wholesale and retail are quite different. When you buy products from a wholesaler, you're essentially buying from the middleman between a retail establishment and the manufacturer. Wholesale purchases are almost always made in bulk. Because of that, buyers pay a discounted price. That's great for normal buyers and great for business owners, who can sell those products to profit. This higher price is called the retail price, and it is what traditional customers pay when they enter a retail store.

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Evacuation the ‘only option’ for Sacramento County communities near still-rising rivers

With more storms barreling toward Northern California, south Sacramento County communities near the Cosumnes and Mokelumne rivers are on edge for new flood evacuations this week.Point Pleasant residents were ordered to evacuate on Sunday and Wilton residents were told to remain prepared to evacuate if they haven’t already even as reclamation district officials raced around the clock to shore up levee breaks ahead of the s...

With more storms barreling toward Northern California, south Sacramento County communities near the Cosumnes and Mokelumne rivers are on edge for new flood evacuations this week.

Point Pleasant residents were ordered to evacuate on Sunday and Wilton residents were told to remain prepared to evacuate if they haven’t already even as reclamation district officials raced around the clock to shore up levee breaks ahead of the storm system expected to arrive Wednesday.

“We’re very concerned,” said Mark Hite, a trustee on the reclamation district that manages Cosumnes River levees in the area. “One of the somewhat benefits of this river. It comes up fast, but in the past, it also goes down fast. Hopefully, we can get a couple of days of dry weather and lose a couple of feet of flow.”

Levees are crucial along this 80-mile river because there’s no dam to slow the flow from headwaters in the El Dorado National Forest, said Jay Lund, co-co-director of the Center for Watershed Sciences at the University of California, Davis. Consequently, he said, flash flooding is a common after warm storms like the one this past weekend that produced more rain than snow.

Lund said residents are not out of danger, despite the sunny skies on New Year’s Day. When a levee fails, he said, it can’t take the pummeling from the same flow of water that it had managed before the break.

Flood water from the New Year’s Eve storm already topped two south county levees, weakening them ahead of the the next round of rain.

Lund said he’d want to be out of the area if he lived in the communities subject to the evacuation warnings and orders.

“If I was really close, I would hope that I had already evacuated. If I’m not flooded yet, I’d be worried,” Lund said. “One levee’s down, and it’s going to continue to go down. ... I should evacuate either because the water is on its way to me or because maybe later on in the week — or next week even — that levee might still be failed.”

Sacramento County warned residents in Point Pleasant, Glanville Track, and Franklin Pond to evacuate because floodwaters from the Cosumnes and Mokelumne rivers were moving southwest toward Interstate 5 and could reach those areas. Residents could be largely cut off from leaving by automobile.

The California Nevada River Forecast Center website shows that the Mokelumne River rose above its flood stage of 17 feet at Benson’s Ferry at 8 a.m. New Year’s Day, and the site projected the Mokelumne would reach a high of 21.2 in the wee hours of the morning Monday. The Cosumnes River topped flood stage by 8 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.

Evacuation is really the only option, said Lund and Kevin King, general manager of Reclamation District 1000, which manages levee in Natomas and points north.

“If it’s too late to get out, you’re going to be rescued by a helicopter or by a boat,” King said “People say, ‘Oh, we’ll just walk through it or whatever.’ This water is very cold is probably 55 to 60 degrees. ... Here in the cold water that we have, you literally lose muscle control within three to five minutes, and your body just shuts down..”

If residents want to try and preserve family heirlooms or other items they can’t transport, Lund suggested they store them in the attic or at second floor level.

In Wilton, reclamation district leaders began work to prepare for the storm on Wednesday, Hite said, placing loads of sandbags along the levees and arranging with farmers and ranchers to have their workers on call to put them in place as needed.

They also contracted with rock and gravel companies, he said, to truck boulders and other needed material to Wilton and to stand ready with the personnel to move it. And, it was.

The frustrating part for reclamation district officials, Hite said, is that they had to put off fortifying the levee in seven places damaged by flooding in 2017. The district didn’t have the money to do it, he said, and federal agencies turned them down when they sought financial help.

Perhaps the biggest challenge with protecting the Wilton are from the Cosumnes, Hite said, is that gravel and silt have collected in the river over the years and there’s just less space to hold the water.

“Under rare circumstances are we allowed to do any kind of work inside the riverbed, he said. “This river channel has gotten smaller over the years, as silt and sand have been transported downstream. So basically, we are now having some of these high water events and it’s been pushed through a straw that has gotten narrower. It would be nice if we could get away to do some internal dredging, removing excess sand and gravel from the riverbed.”

That situation won’t change by Wednesday when more rain comes to the region, but Hite and Lund said there are several factors working in Wilton’s favor. The next storm is expected to be colder, leaving more snow than rain. The precipitation isn’t expected to come down quite so fast. And, clear days between now and Wednesday will allow time for water levels in the Cosumnes to drop.

Rivers can rise fast in the Sacramento region, Sacramento County officials said, and residents should look out for evacuation warnings and make an evacuation plan, including which route they will take.

Resources to stay updated on storm preparations and conditions in the Sacramento region

(KTXL) — As Northern California recovers from the New Years’ weekend storm, another one is approaching the state that is expected to bring more rainfall to the state’s waterways and wind gusts as strong as around 50 miles per hour.Below, a collection of resources and tips from local governments and organizations to prepare for the storm.Northern California Sacramento County According to the Sacramento County Office of Emergency Services, an evacuation center is open at the Wa...

(KTXL) — As Northern California recovers from the New Years’ weekend storm, another one is approaching the state that is expected to bring more rainfall to the state’s waterways and wind gusts as strong as around 50 miles per hour.

Below, a collection of resources and tips from local governments and organizations to prepare for the storm.

Northern California

Sacramento County

According to the Sacramento County Office of Emergency Services, an evacuation center is open at the Wackford Center on 9014 Bruceville Road in Elk Grove.

Sacramento OES said residents can also sign up for emergency alerts by email, phone or text at Sacramento-alert.org.

For road closures in Sacramento County, click here.

There are self-serve sandbag locations throughout Sacramento County, but their open hours vary and they can be found at this website:

-County Branch Center: 3847 Branch Center Road, Sacramento, CA 95827

-Dillard Ranch (Temporary site): 9857 Dillard Road, Wilton, CA 95693

-Jean Harvie Senior Citizen & Community Center: 14273 River Road, Walnut Grove, CA 95690

-Jose P. Rizal Community Center: 7320 Florin Mall Drive, Sacramento, CA 95823-

-Orangevale Community Center: 6826 Hazal Avenue, Organvale, CA 95662

-Point Pleasant United Methodist Church: 3329 Point Pleasant Road, Elk Grove, CA 95757

-Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Station #106: 2220 Park Towne Circle, Sacramento, CA 95825

-Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Station #55: 7776 Excelsior Road, Sacramento CA 95829

-Westside Park: 6555 West 2nd Street, Rio Linda, CA 95673

-Wilton Fire Station: 10661 Alta Mesa Road, Wilton, CA 95693

Wilton Fire Protection District (Facebook)

Herald Fire Protection District (Facebook)

San Joaquin County

The City of Stockton has warming zones for protection from weather conditions at the following locations:

According to the San Joaquin County Office of Emergency Services, sandbags are available in Tracy, Manteca, Lathrop, Thronon Fire, and Stockton. All of the sites in those cities are self-serve and are required to bring your own shovel.

Here is where you can get sandbags in those locations:

Escalon Consolidated Fire Protection District (Facebook)

Manteca Fire Department (Facebook)

Yolo County

According to the City of West Sacramento, a charging and warming center is open 24 hours at the West Sacramento Fire Station 45 on 2040 Lake Washington Boulevard. The city said water and restrooms will be available at the site.

In anticipation of more heavy rain this week, sandbags are available at the entrance to Port of West Sacramento at 2895 Industrial Boulevard. The site is self-serve and bringing your own shovel is required.

Yolo County

Yolo County Fire Protection Districts (Map)

Davis Fire Department (Facebook, Twitter)

West Sacramento Fire Department (Facebook)

Storm Latest: Power out for thousands, Interstate 80 and Highway 50 open again | Updates

The National Weather Service has Flood Warning in effect until 10 a.m. Sunday morning due to the rain and runoff.SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Problems still remain Sunday as the Sacramento region is drying out and cleaning up after Saturday brought flooding, ...

The National Weather Service has Flood Warning in effect until 10 a.m. Sunday morning due to the rain and runoff.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Problems still remain Sunday as the Sacramento region is drying out and cleaning up after Saturday brought flooding, evacuations, road closures and power outages.

FLOODING

The National Weather Service has Flood Warning in effect until 10 a.m. Sunday morning due to the rain and runoff.

Late Saturday night the National Weather Service's Evacuation Warning for Winton expired. The Sacramento County officials urged residents to move to higher ground after concerns that the levee along the Cosumnes River could break.

Saturday night the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office downgraded its Evacuation Order in Cameron Park to an Evacuation Warning.

POWER OUTAGES

As of 5:30 a.m. SMUD was dealing with more than 340 outages affecting more than 54,000 of its customers. PG&E is reporting hundreds of outages from the Sierra to the Bay Area with one of its largest being more than 5,000 customers in Rio Vista being without power.

ROAD CONDITIONS

The CHP and CalTrans warned drivers to stay off the roads overnight in the Sierra as Interstate 80 was closed due to the snow. Highway 50 and Interstate 80 reopened Sunday morning, with some chain controls needed:

Southbound Highway 99 in Stockton at the Golden Gate over-crossing is closed as of 5:39 a.m. Sunday morning due to flooding, CalTrans reported on its QuickMap.

Highway 99 in Modesto at Kansas Avenue reopened Sunday morning after flooding Saturday.

? WATCH: Saturday's flooding in Wilton:

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TRAFFIC

Live map showing traffic conditions along Interstate 80, Highway 50, Highway 89 around Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Mountains.

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GO DEEPER: When you think of California's climate, drought probably comes to mind first, but California has a long history of floods. Some floods were so punishing and relentless they crippled the state. New research indicates these "megafloods" are twice as likely in the future with a changing climate. It's a future we can't avoid, but we can learn from the past and prepare. ABC10's team of meteorologists investigated the topic, answering questions like: What exactly is a megaflood? Can our infrastructure withstand it?

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How much more rain is coming to Sacramento and when will it stop? Here’s what we know

Rain has drenched the Sacramento region for nearly a week — the most recent storm causing widespread flooding and power outages, and at least two deaths — and it’s nowhere near over.The Sacramento region isn’t expected to dry up, said meteorologist Idamis Del Valle-Shoemaker with the National Weather Service, until at least the middle of next week. Until then, two large weather storms are forecast to hit...

Rain has drenched the Sacramento region for nearly a week — the most recent storm causing widespread flooding and power outages, and at least two deaths — and it’s nowhere near over.

The Sacramento region isn’t expected to dry up, said meteorologist Idamis Del Valle-Shoemaker with the National Weather Service, until at least the middle of next week. Until then, two large weather storms are forecast to hit the already saturated area with heavy rains and high winds.

Between Wednesday morning and Thursday night, up to 3 inches of rain is predicted to fall with wind gusts as high as 55 mph. The National Weather Service predicts difficult driving conditions, accompanied with another round of widespread power outages and fallen trees.

A strong, wet system Wed-Thu will bring renewed flooding threats to the already-saturated Sac/northern San Joaquin Valleys & foothills.Expect areas of urban flooding, & rises streams, creeks, & rivers. If you encounter flooded roadways, TURN AROUND DON'T DROWN! #CAwx #CAflood pic.twitter.com/eAU4jXKLq7

— NWS Sacramento (@NWSSacramento) January 3, 2023

Friday could be dry, Valle-Shoemaker said, before another “high impact” storm moves into the area over the weekend.

Between late Saturday and Monday, up to an additional 4 inches of rain will drop in Sacramento. The “details remain uncertain,” Valle-Shoemaker said, so stay up-to-date with the latest forecast and sign up for Sacramento County’s emergency alert notifications.

Here’s a look at Sacramento’s forecast, as of Tuesday morning, according to the National Weather Service. Here’s what you need to know leading into a weekend of heavy rain, wind and thunderstorms. For up-to-date forecasts, check weather.gov:

Tuesday | High near 53 degrees

Mostly cloudy with wind around 5 mph.

Tuesday night | Low near 42 degrees

Mostly cloudy with light wind.

Wednesday | High near 57 degrees

A 100% chance of showers with winds up to 45 mph. up to 25 mph.

Wednesday night | Low of 51 degrees

A 100% chance of showers coupled with possible thunderstorms and winds up to 50 mph.

Thursday | High near 57 degrees

A 100% chance of showers with possible thunderstorms and winds up to 30 mph.

Thursday night | Low of 45 degrees

Mostly cloudy with a 60% chance of showers.

Friday | High near 56 degrees

Partly sunny with a 20% chance of showers.

Friday night | Low of 45 degrees

Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers.

Saturday | High near 54 degrees

Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers.

Saturday night | Low of 47 degrees

Mostly cloudy, showers are likely.

Sunday | High near 54 degrees

Mostly cloudy, showers are likely.

Sunday night | Low of 49 degrees

Mostly cloudy, showers are likely.

Monday | High near 56 degrees

Mostly cloudy, showers are likely.

Northern California flooded after powerful storm brings drenching rain

Flash flood warnings were issued on Sunday in parts of northern California after a powerful storm brought drenching rain and heavy snowfall overnight, snarling traffic and closing highways as the state ushered in the new year.Residents in the area of Wilton in Sacramento county were urged to seek higher ground by emergency officials amid the threat of “imminent levee failure&...

Flash flood warnings were issued on Sunday in parts of northern California after a powerful storm brought drenching rain and heavy snowfall overnight, snarling traffic and closing highways as the state ushered in the new year.

Residents in the area of Wilton in Sacramento county were urged to seek higher ground by emergency officials amid the threat of “imminent levee failure” on a portion of the local Cosumnes River, the Sacramento Bee reported.

Many roads were underwater on Sunday and rivers were above flood level.

And in the high Sierra Nevada, snow accumulated and the National Weather Service in Sacramento warned about hazardous driving conditions and posted photos on Twitter showing traffic on snow-covered mountain passes, where vehicles were required to have chains or four-wheel drive.

The so-called atmospheric river storm was pulling in a long and wide plume of moisture from the Pacific Ocean on Friday and Saturday. Flooding and rock slides closed portions of roads across northern California.

Precipitation was easing as the new year was rung in, but the threat of flooding remained.

It was the first of several storms expected to roll across California over the next week. The current system is expected to be warmer and wetter, while next week’s storms will be colder, lowering snow levels in the mountains, said Hannah Chandler-Cooley, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Sacramento.

The Sacramento region could receive a total of four to five inches of rain over the span of the week, Chandler-Cooley said.

The extreme weather came amid the longer-term picture of a historic mega-drought in the area and the wider region, punctuated by devastating wildfires over a prolonged season, that adds up to a climate disaster in the American west.

Meanwhile, almost 300 miles north-west of Sacramento, an earthquake, preliminarily reported at a magnitude of 5.4, hit the area near Rio Dell on Sunday, in Humboldt county.

No injuries were reported but the temblor came weeks after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake in the same region on December 20, which killed two people and caused widespread power outages.

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