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Showers continue to douse the Bay Area as the region braces for heavier rains on Sunday

Showers continue to douse the Bay Area as the region braces for heavier rains on Sunday

SAN FRANCISCO — As rain continues moving over the Bay Area on Friday morning, the region is bracing for a powerful storm on Sunday that is expected to bring widespread rainfall and quell most of the wildfire risk in the region.

Rainfall records were broken for San Francisco on Thursday, with 0.44 inches of rain recorded as of 6 p.m., exceeding the previous October 21st record in 1970 of 0.13 inches, according to the National Weather Service.

Since Tuesday around 5:30 a.m., it has rained 3.88 inches in Mount Diablo, 1.44 inches in San Francisco, 0.26 inches in Redwood City, 9.92 inches in Mount Tamalpais, 0.94 inches in Oakland, and 0.4 inches in Fremont. Precipitation wasn’t recorded in most of San Jose, but it rained 0.12 inches in East San Jose.

Another cold front arrived Friday morning, bringing light to moderate rain to the North Bay and continuing southward into the Bay Area, according to the NWS. San Jose could see 0.10 to 0.25 inches of rain, while it could rain 0.50 to 1 inches in the Peninsula and 1 to 2 inches in the North Bay coastal mountains, said Jeff Lorber, a NWS meterologist, on Thursday.

An atmospheric river, a moisture-rich narrow storm, was upgraded to a Category 5 system on Tuesday —the highest possible level — and is expected to hit the Bay Area on Sunday night into Monday, bringing up to 1-3 inches across the region with localized areas to receive 5 inches or more of rain. Oakland, Berkeley, San Leandro and other portions of the East Bay are expected to get more than 3 inches of rainfall.

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Caltrans officials have issued road closures in Mono, Kern and Inyo counties ahead of expected snow in those areas. The first closure took effect on Thursday at 6 p.m. on State Route 120 West.

Elevations above 9,000 feet in the Sierra Nevadas could get 18 inches or more of snow from Sunday until Monday morning, according to the NWS, which also warned of possible power outages, difficult travel and road closures due to snow.


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