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Sonoma County gets light rain, with more on the way

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From left, Kieran and Gavin Edwards join Caleb Slight for a round of disc golf as storm clouds move in above Crane Creek Regional Park, Saturday, March 12, 2022 near Rohnert Park. (Kent Porter / The Press Democrat) 2022

Sonoma County could be in for more wet weather in the coming days, following a weak storm system that brought light rain to parts of the North Bay on Monday night, according to the National Weather Service.

Meteorologists are anticipating the next arrival of rain Friday night.

“This will definitely be one of the wetter storms we’ve seen so far in 2022,“ said weather service meteorologist Brooke Bingaman, noting that it’s been an unusually dry year so far.

The incoming storm, which is expected to dump most of its moisture on Saturday, will spread across the entirety of the Bay Area, according to Bingaman.

It’s set to bring enough rain to dampen vegetation and temporarily ease concerns about wildfires spreading through dry fuels, Bingaman said.

Most of Sonoma County is expected to see about a quarter-inch of rain through Sunday, when the storm clears out, Bingaman said. The North Bay hills could see up to an inch.

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The future of rain in Sonoma County

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We’ve gotten a lot of rain lately. A lot. Underline that sentence there: A lot.

I mean, we’re still getting it.

No one would ever dare think or whisper or say that it’s been too much rain. At least, I don’t think.

I think it’s been glorious.

The Russian River is plump again, running like the chocolate river from Willy Wonka.

The Laguna de Santa Rosa looks like an actual reservoir that can support the aviary life that call it home.

And personally, the dozens of sunflower seeds my youngest and I sprinkled throughout our lawn last summer have finally sprouted and are now at least a foot tall, threating to create a front-yard forest of sunflowers.

All thanks to the rain.

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Dusting of snow in higher elevations, rest of the North Bay will see scattered rain and cold temperatures Tuesday

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Sonoma County saw scattered showers, a bit of freezing rain and a dusting of snow Monday and Tuesday morning as California’s highest mountains were buried by more than 3 feet of new snow, closing highways and stranding holiday travelers.

After a weekend of on-and-off rain, meteorologists say North Bay Area residents can expect more showers through Wednesday and much colder daytime temperatures — in the 30s through much of the week.

Mount St. Helena, the region’s highest peak at 4,342 feet, recorded up to 6 inches of snow and is set to receive another 6 inches over the next three days, said Roger Gass, meteorologist for the National Weather Service.

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Santa Rosa at 176% of normal rainfall for this time of year

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The National Weather Service released a model simulation on Twitter Wednesday night showing how the next storm will move across the San Francisco Bay Area Thursday to Friday. The weather service said the storm is expected to bring beneficial rain.

The storm will arrive Thursday night and deliver widespread light rain with brief spells of moderate rainfall.

“Rainfall will be heaviest over North Bay,” NWS meteorologist Matt Mehle said. “Areas that didn’t see rain on the last one will likely see rain with this one, such as parts of the East Bay like Livermore, parts of Santa Clara Valley.”

The Thursday-Friday storm could bring an additional 1 to 3 inches in North Bay mountains, with amounts tapering down to around 0.75 inch in the region’s valleys.

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Santa Rosa Fire Department declares city fire season over following weekend rain

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Smoke from the Glass incident fire blankets Rincon Valley in Santa Rosa on Monday morning, September 28, 2020. (Christopher Chung/ The Press Democrat)

Much-needed weekend rain prompted Santa Rosa Fire Department on Monday to declare the fire season over for its territory.

Battalion Chief Jason Jenkins said that means Santa Rosa firefighters have removed some wildland fire equipment from engines and replaced it with swift-water rescue gear to prepare for winter floods. In addition, the department now will dispatch fewer firefighters to any reports of wildfires.

While the city fire department declared the end of its fire season, the weekend storm that passed over much of Northern California wasn’t enough rain to convince Cal Fire to call the close of the season for the broad area, agency spokesperson Tyree Zander said.

Before making that declaration for both the northern and southern halves of the state, Cal Fire officials are gauging how much moisture is currently held within wildland vegetation following a scorching summer and fall, Zander said.

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More Rain Needed To Reduce Fire Danger, Stave Off Future Drought

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SANTA ROSA (KPIX 5) — More than a month and a half into this year’s rainy season and significant precipitation was finally falling on Tuesday in Northern California. The state could use it in more ways than one.

“If we could get these systems where we get upwards of a half inch to an inch, with enough time in between each other to relieve our soils and relieve our creeks,” said Paul Lowenathal of Cal Fire, referring to optimal rain conditions for the North Bay.

Rain fell on Santa Rosa’s Skyhawk community Tuesday afternoon and it was just the right amount: not heavy enough to threaten mudslides in burn scars, but enough to reduce the fire threat.

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