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Where to find free sandbags in Sonoma County ahead of Thursday’s atmospheric river

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Officials are anticipating an atmospheric river to bring flooding, road closures, downed trees and power outages to parts of Sonoma County, Thursday into Friday.

To prepare for potential rising water levels, free sandbags are available at several locations, according to the County of Sonoma’s emergency information page.

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, across from Finley Park, open 24/7. More information can be found at srcity.org/2963/Rain-Ready.

The city of Petaluma has sand and bags available 24/7 at “one or all of the following locations,” including 840 Hopper Street; Prince Park, 2301 East Washington Street; and Leghorn Park, 690 Sonoma Mountain Parkway. More information can be found at cityofpetaluma.org/flood-alert-info.

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Sonoma County can expect clear skies, slightly warmer temps the rest of the week before light weekend rain

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Despite the unusually low temperatures this week, Sonoma County did not set a record for overnight lows late Tuesday into Wednesday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

And regardless of the continued cold temperatures forecast for the rest of the week, record breakers are unlikely.

North Bay residents will likely awake Thursday morning to lows in the high 20s, according to Richard Gass, a meteorologist based in the service’s Monterey office.

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Winter storm to bring hail, snow, rain and thunderstorms to Sonoma County

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Sonoma County residents may get a glimpse of more light snow Thursday morning before heavy winter conditions roll through the North Bay in the afternoon bringing rain, high winds and even more snow, forecasters said.

Scattered rain showers and light snow fell Wednesday afternoon across Sonoma County with patches of hail reported just after 1:30 p.m. in Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park.

Remnants of snow may be visible Thursday morning until clouds move in and heavier precipitation leaves behind snow-capped mountains that may not be seen until Friday.

“That’s when we really get our first break in the clouds,” said Rick Canepa, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Bay Area office in Monterey.

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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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The Bay Area is still cold. But a big warm-up is coming ahead of Christmas

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After a weekend filled with sunshine, Monday will be slightly cooler with more clouds. A low pressure system in the Pacific Ocean will move east into the Pacific Northwest states. This system will bring precipitation, clouds and cooler temperatures to Southern Oregon and far Northern California. The North Bay will be at the southern end of the storm, so a slight chance of showers is possible from Tuesday night into Wednesday.

The Bay Area is under a Spare the Air alert on Monday, as fine particles from wood smoke will be trapped near the ground and cannot blow out due to the relative lack of wind. It is illegal to burn wood indoors and outdoors.

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Bay Area will get hit with freezing temperatures today — here’s where it will get coldest

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After a cool and sunny start to the work week, we can expect more of the same for the next few days thanks to a high pressure system hovering over the Western U.S. This ridge of high pressure will stretch from Washington state, down all the way to Southern California, and dry and calm conditions are expected Tuesday.

The ridge will mean Bay Area residents can expect frigid mornings and nights, with chances for subfreezing temperatures and frost in some areas.

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Rain to give way to cold weather, clear skies in Sonoma County

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The storm that wreaked havoc on parts of Sonoma County this weekend will pass by Monday morning, making way for clear skies and the possibility of freezing temperatures this week, according to the National Weather Service.

Scattered showers are expected to continue throughout the North Bay until about 7 a.m. Monday, according to Roger Gass, a meteorologist with the weather service’s Monterey office. There is also a 10% to 20% chance for thunderstorms throughout the region.

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The Bay Area could get even colder this week – and then the rain returns

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The wet weather across the Bay Area and the snow in the Sierra will last through the morning on Tuesday. After that, the thermometer will dive: cold air will keep temperatures cooler than normal this week, with highs in the 50s across most of the Bay Area. The overnight temperatures will become even colder, with lows dropping to the 30s and lower 40s for most spots. The North Bay valleys and inland in the East Bay could get close to the freezing point. The weather will be dry with clear skies for the next couple of days, as the low pressure that brought the rain moves out and high pressure moves in. By the end of the week, wet weather will return.

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Sonoma County health officials issue Freeze Warning

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The County of Sonoma is issuing a freeze warning in response to the National Weather Service’s prediction for freezing overnight lows Wednesday night through Monday morning, that could result in snow and black ice. Officials recommend that residents limit time outdoors, as serious medical conditions including hypothermia and frostbite can develop with prolonged cold weather exposure.

Prolonged exposure to freezing temperatures can lead to hypothermia. Hypothermia is a medical emergency that causes a dangerously low body temperature and can be fatal if untreated. Symptoms of hypothermia include confusion, dizziness, exhaustion, severe shivering, clumsiness, slurred speech or mumbling drowsiness, weak pulse, slow, shallow breathing and progressive loss of consciousness. Seek medical attention if you experience these symptoms.

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Here’s the Thanksgiving holiday weather forecast — and what it means for your travels

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The atmospheric kitchen is cooking up everything from fire weather to rain and snow for California’s holiday weekend. Each part of the state will get a chance to taste one or more of these weather dishes as they build up on the platter over the next few days.

This hodgepodge of weather is being stuffed into the state by two competing weather systems. The first will be a dry, high-pressure system that will raise temperatures, winds and fire concerns for parts of California on Thanksgiving Day. The second will be a low-pressure system that will dip into Northern California on Saturday night and into Sunday, potentially creating a slick, rainy situation for travelers trying to get back home. Some holiday travelers may even wind up dealing with snow before all is said and done.

Both systems will roll into California at the start and end of the holiday weekend, and each one will bring its own unique spin for travelers to navigate.

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