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Final atmospheric river storm will slam the Bay Area today. Here are the biggest impacts

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A strong high-pressure system in the eastern Pacific Ocean is creeping toward the West Coast, and it’s slated to shut California’s storm door. This is good news for residents across the state who are still reeling from the impacts that were brought on by nearly three weeks of storms — enhanced by a series of powerful atmospheric rivers. But this historic wet pattern isn’t done with Northern California just yet. A final round of moisture from the Pacific Ocean will stream into the Bay Area and Sierra Nevada this afternoon, ushering one last round of rain and snow bands before the wet pattern ends.

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What’s Driving Relentless Storms Against the West Coast?

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Due to two catastrophic anomalies occurring at the same time over the West Coast, two terms, “atmospheric river,” and “bomb cyclones” will be forever remembered as the cause of record amounts of rain, flash flooding, and mudslides this year as a near continuous storm lasting from Dec. 31 to Jan. 9 occurred throughout the region. 

Breaking a years-long dried streak, the 2022-2023 winter season brought in unseasonably wet conditions as multiple atmospheric rivers, frontal systems, and a “bomb cyclone” inundated the entire coastline, resulting in heavy rainfall that saturated much of California, and caused localized riverine and flash flooding, causing mudslides in the process.

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

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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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More showers coming Monday to Bay Area, powerful storm later this week

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After a weekend deluge that saw San Francisco taking on 5.46 inches of rainfall in one day — just short of an all-time record and the most rain that’s ever fallen on New Year’s Eve — the Bay Area was left saturated. Flooding remained in lower lying areas across the region as Sunday dawned clear, with afternoon temperatures running a few degrees warmer than average. But therespite is expected to be short-lived.

Another round of wet weather is on tap this week, albeit less intense initially than what walloped the area over the weekend.

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Flood watch issued for North Bay, rain to continue through New Year’s Eve

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Following a storm that soaked the soil, revived local creeks and left some low-lying roadways submerged, Sonoma County residents can anticipate another heavy round of rain starting Thursday and potential flooding leading into the weekend, according to officials.

The National Weather Service on Wednesday evening announced a flood watch for the North Bay area that will take effect Friday and last through Saturday.

Meteorologists expect the rain to begin falling on Thursday. By Friday, it will begin a gradual increase in intensity, with the heaviest rainfall expected on Saturday in the morning.

The city of Santa Rosa has set up a sandbag station that is available only to residents. It is located at the City Municipal Services Center, 55 Stony Point Road, which is open 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. Proof of residency is required.

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Series of winter storms is headed for California. Here’s when each one is expected to hit

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Bay Area residents would do well to keep their gloves handy, as they’ll be fighting a parade of storms that started on Boxing Day. Monday’s contender brought light showers and winds that evolved into heavy rainfall and intense winds by the Tuesday morning rush hour.

In parts of the East Bay hills, Peninsula and North Bay highlands, winds gusted over 50 mph and were accompanied by intense rainfall across the region, where totals exceeded an inch and a quarter at both official downtown San Francisco and Oakland weather stations. More torrential downpours came down over the Santa Cruz Mountains and North Bay highlands, where stations like Felton and Mt. Tam exceeded 4 inches of rain.

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Sonoma County holiday travelers should prepare for crowded airports and rain

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Sonoma County travelers hurrying out of town for the holiday weekend should prepare for busier airports and rain after Christmas.

“It’s going to be pretty condensed when people travel back,” Julian Paredes, AAA spokesperson, said Thursday. “People will be rushing to travel back after Christmas for work.”

Since Christmas falls on a Sunday this year, experts anticipate that tens of thousands of travelers have already ventured out of town or are planning to this weekend.

In California, about 14.8 million people are expected to travel. Of those, about 13.3 million are driving and 1.25 million are flying — about a 14% increase over 2021, according to AAA.

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Storm gives way to clearer Sonoma County skies, colder temps

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After days of on-again-off-again showers across the North Bay, courtesy of what some meteorologists have called the strongest storm of the season, Wednesday is promising a return of the sun.

Heavy rains from an intense system that began late Sunday dropped as much as 2 inches on parts of the region, particularly in the hills bordering Napa County, according to the National Weather Service.

The majority of Sonoma County, though, received about .75 to 1.4 inches of rain since early Monday, weather service meteorologist Roger Gass said Tuesday

Santa Rosa’s precipitation totals varied across the city, but ultimately they ranged from about .75 to 1.25 inches, Gass added.

On Monday, Santa Rosa fire officials, citing several factors that include the recent rains, declared an end to this year’s threat of severe wildfires. The announcement is specific to Santa Rosa and means residents no longer have to keep their properties in compliance with the city’s weed abatement ordinance, said Santa Rosa Fire Marshal Paul Lowenthal.

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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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