Forecaster: ‘Use Tuesday for preparation’ before atmospheric river hits North Bay

3 January 2023

North Bay residents should spend Tuesday getting ready for another anticipated round of heavy rain and strong winds set to roll through the region Wednesday that will likely cause rivers to inch toward their flood stages, and down even more trees, according to the National Weather Service.

This particular atmospheric river, the third to hit the Bay Area since Dec. 26, could drop as much as 8 inches of precipitation, over a 48-hour period, on some of Sonoma County’s wettest areas, according to meteorologist Ryan Walbrun, with the weather service’s office in Monterey.

The storm is expected to deposit about 2 to 4 inches of rainfall on the Sonoma County valleys, 4 to 6 inches on the northwest hills and 6 to 8 inches near Cazadero.

“Use Tuesday for preparation,” Walbrun said. “Put a plan in action ahead of time, just in case.”

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