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Hail Blankets Parts Of Bay Area; Snow Falls On Highest Peaks

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SANTA ROSA (CBS SF) — A storm moving through the Bay Area Wednesday morning brought with it sheets of hail that blanketed some neighborhoods, while snow dusted the highest peaks.

Overnight, snow fell on some of the area’s highest peaks. The National Weather Service said it appeared potentially up to a couple of inches of snow fell at elevations above 2,500 feet.

Numerous showers and isolated thunderstorms were expected to continue into Wednesday evening, ending by early Thursday morning for the Bay Area but lingering across the Central Coast into Thursday, the weather service said.

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Storm drops as much 2 inches of rain on Sonoma County, knocks out power to thousands

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The strongest part of the winter storm passed through Sonoma County overnight Tuesday dropping as much as 2 inches of rain and snow in the interior mountains but without triggering evacuations in 2019 and 2020 burn scars.

Downed power lines and toppled trees led to multiple road closures and knocked out power to thousands of residents into Wednesday morning as the rain and wind tapered off. The strongest gusts at higher elevations reached up to 60 mph, according to the National Weather Service.

“It came through exactly as predicted by the weather service and almost down to the minute,” said Mark Heine, chief of the Sonoma County Fire District. “Now it’s passed over us.”

Heine said his crews were “very busy” from about 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Wednesday, dealing with downed trees and power line issues, including limbs falling onto residences and into roadways.

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Atmospheric river storm heading toward California

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A cyclist rides a bike along the Pacific Electric Trail in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. against a backdrop of the snow-capped San Gabriel Mountains on Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. (Watchara Phomicinda/The Orange County Register via AP)

SAN FRANCISCO — A potent atmospheric river barreled toward California on Tuesday, bringing the threat of downpours that could unleash destructive debris flows from wildfire burn scars as well as a heavy dump of snow from blizzard conditions in the Sierra Nevada.

Evacuation orders were issued in Santa Cruz and San Mateo counties around the area scorched by a complex of wildfires ignited by lightning last August. The state Office of Emergency Services positioned strike teams and task forces in five counties.

“If you have not already heeded local county advice don’t wait any longer. This morning is the time to act and prepare if you’re near a burn area,” the National Weather Service office for the San Francisco Bay Area wrote.
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Sunday storms will give way to dry conditions, then more rain, weather service says

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SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 13: Weini T. (did not want to give full last name) walks with her daughters Weinta, left, 4, and Lidya, 5, in San Jose, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

The Bay Area awoke to the pitter-patter sound and pleasant smell of rain Sunday as the first significant storm system of the season moved through the area, bringing much-needed moisture to a largely dry region.

Meteorologist Brooke Bingaman with the National Weather Service said that the rain system that passed through the Bay Area over the weekend will give way to dry conditions for Monday and Tuesday before an even wetter system could come through Wednesday into Thursday.

The rain that Bay Area residents eagerly awaited is helping to deal with the “backlog” in rainfall that the region has experienced. Bingaman said as of Saturday, San Jose Airport had moved from 4 percent of normal for the season to 10 percent.

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Storm coming to Northern California Tuesday, could impact traffic

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Over the past week, some light rain and a moderate amount of snow hit the Sierra due to several light systems moving over Northern California.

Now, a stronger atmospheric river is expected to join forces with a developing low pressure system offshore Monday night to deliver rain to the area by Tuesday morning.

The wet weather is expected to move from the northwest toward the southeast, hitting areas of Santa Rosa, Vacaville and San Francisco through the morning commute. Sacramento into Auburn and Yuba City should expect rain by mid-morning into the lunchtime hours. The San Joaquin Valley through the foothills of Placerville, Sonora and Arnold are expecting rain by the afternoon to evening hours.
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