Sonoma County has issued a weather alert warning of high winds and flash floods for the Sonoma County area beginning Tuesday night at 10 p.m.

According to meteorologists, an atmospheric river will pass through Sonoma County generating the Flash Flood watch and a High Wind Watch.

Commuters, pedestrians and residents should expect a high threat to commute traffic; medium-to-high threat of wind-related problems, including falling trees and/or power outages; medium-to-high risk of flash flooding, and medium-to-high risk of mudslides.

Free sandbags are now available to City of Sonoma residents at City Hall during normal business hours, limit 10 bags per resident while supplies last. Additional bags are available for purchase at Friedman’s Home Improvement Center (1360 Broadway).

Free sand is also available to city residents in the parking lot at Depot Park (270 1st St. W.). The sandbag filling station at Depot Park is self-serve; please bring your own shovel. Read our Sandbag Instructions (https://www.sonomacity.org/documents/sandbags/) to learn how to properly fill, stack, and construct sandbags.

Visit our Emergency Preparedness page (https://www.sonomacity.org/departments/emergency-prep/) for more information including an Emergency Supplies Checklist and visit Ready.gov/floods to learn more about how you can protect yourself, your family, and your community in the event of flooding.

To stay up to date on emergency notifications, make sure to sign up for SoCo Alerts (http://sonomacounty.ca.gov/FES/Emergency-Management/SoCoAlert/) and Nixle (https://local.nixle.com/sonoma-county-sheriffs-office/).