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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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Sonoma County business owners preparing to reopen after days of power outages, flood concerns kept customers away

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Some Sonoma County businesses are having to deal with impacts from the latest round of severe weather.

Several local restaurants, wineries and hotels had to close the past few days after the storm’s brunt was felt Monday. Businesses have been moving perishable foods to non-flood prone restaurants, raising furniture off the ground to prevent water damage and bringing in employees to help clear properties. Amid the closures, little to no revenue is coming in to help offset the added expense.

Here’s how some businesses in Sonoma County are being impacted by the storms:

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Bay Area braces for more as new drenching starts, Newsom seeks federal aid

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As another round of drenching, windy weather bore down on already-hammered California, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sunday asked President Biden to declare an emergency to help with storm response in the state.

Newsom said the emergency declaration would unlock the “full support of the federal government” in the face of yet more fierce storms predicted this week that could lead to more flooding, landslides and power failures on top of last week’s deadly bomb cyclone deluge.

Newsom said he was confident, based on his conversations with White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain, that Biden would declare an emergency.

“We are doing all we can to be as proactive as we can,” Newsom said at a news conference.

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Where to find free sandbags in Sonoma County ahead of Wednesday’s storm

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Authorities and weather experts are urging Sonoma County residents to prepare for a storm Wednesday that could bring as much as 8 inches of rain over a 48-hour period to the wettest spots in the county.

The city of Santa Rosa’s sandbag filling station is open for residents throughout the rainy season. They can find sand and bags at the City Municipal Services Center North at 55 Stony Point Road, open 24/7.

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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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Series of storms bringing more rain to Bay Area

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SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — After tying off one of the rainiest periods on record for San Francisco, and a stormy December across most of the region, the Bay Area is getting another dose of light storms over the next several days

The rain gets going right away starting with a category Level 1 on the Storm Impact Scale, according to ABC7 Mornings Meteorologist Drew Tuma.

“Monday we are tracking some light showers, breezy at times, with the highest amounts found in the North Bay,” said Tuma. “Most of us will find less than a quarter-inch of rain.”

From then on, the scattered storms will pop up throughout the week, all currently forecasted as Level 1 Storms.

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‘It’s A Big One’; Weekend Atmospheric River Gaining Intensity Off California Coast

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — While San Francisco Bay Area residents dodged light raindrops early Wednesday, a much larger atmospheric river continued to intensify off the coast, carrying with it the threat of up to 5 inches of rain in the coastal mountains this coming weekend.

The large plume stretched hundreds of miles across the Pacific, pulling in tropical moisture from the Hawaiian Islands — an unusual development for this time of the year.

When asked about the intensity of the storm, Marty Ralph, director of the Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes in La Jolla, didn’t mince words.

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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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