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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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Predicted Bay Area storm has potential to end fire season

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The rainy season may officially kick in next week, with the potential to end the wildfire season, according to a long-range forecast by the climate forecast branch of the National Weather Service.

However, to do that, the storm system predicted over the northeastern Pacific Ocean Oct. 20-24 would have to bring in 2 inches of rain to the Bay Area and other parts of Northern California.

That’s not very likely, according to meteorologist Brayden Murdock.

“We’re finally getting into that transition period as we get into fall where we see more of these low-pressure systems coming in,” said Murdock, who works for the National Weather Service in Monterey. “This will be the first low-pressure system of the water year that started Oct. 1, coming in over Oregon and some portions of Northern California with a cold front. It has the potential to bring up to 2 inches, but that would be the highest of the high.

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