Series of storms boost Bay Area rainfall totals, Sierra Nevada snowpack

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A array of early Feb storms have helped Bay Area cities in. closer to their normal rainfall totals for this time of year, and one city that is routinely among a driest perceived scarcely 2 inches of sleet given Friday.

San Jose, that mostly falls plant to a rain-shadow outcome pleasantness of a Santa Cruz mountains, perceived 1.74 inches of sleet during a 72-hour duration finale Monday during 5:45 a.m., according to rough information from a National Weather Service.

As of 9:15 a.m. Monday, 72-hour rainfall totals opposite a Bay Area embody Los Gatos 4.07 inches, Kentfield 3.58, Napa 1.89,  Redwood City 1.78, San Francisco 1.51, Livermore 1.46, Palo Alto 1.19, Hayward 1.14 inches, Oakland .99 inches and Concord .94.

Along with rain, sleet levels in a Bay Area are approaching to dump to 1,500 feet overnight Monday by Tuesday morning, that could outcome in a powdering of sleet on Highway 17 (elevation during limit is 1,870 feet), according to a continue service. The Bay Area’s towering peaks could amass 6 to 9 inches of snow.

“There’s a good possibility of carrying sleet on a highway on Highway 17,” pronounced Steve Anderson, a meteorologist with a continue service.

Rainfall totals opposite Northern California continue to climb closer to normal for this time of year. Through Sunday during 6 p.m., rainfall totals for a H2O year that began Oct. 1 embody Redding during 21.24 inches (109 percent of normal), Santa Rosa during 19.23 inches (90 percent), San Francisco 12.22 inches (88 percent), Oakland 9.42 inches (81 percent) and San Jose 7.42 inches (87 percent).

Monday, a statewide Sierra Nevada sleet container turn — a pivotal source of California’s summer H2O supply — increasing to 115 percent of a chronological average, adult from 69 percent on New Year’s Day. And with a snowstorm warning in outcome by Monday during 10 p.m., that commission is approaching to increase.

“The enlivening thing is, compared to final year, we’re doing significantly better,” pronounced Jan Null, a meteorologist with Golden Gate Weather Services. “The settlement for a subsequent week, we’re positively not going to flip into a dry pattern. There will be a few dry days after tomorrow, though afterwards it looks like we’re behind into a soppy pattern.”

At this time final year, a Sierra Nevada snowpack was only 26 percent of normal. A array of late-season storms in late Feb and Mar increased a Sierra Nevada snowpack to 54 percent of normal on Apr 1, deliberate by state H2O managers to be a finish of a rainy/winter season.

Through Sunday, many of a state’s vital reservoirs had H2O levels during or above their chronological averages for this time of year.

Rain showers are approaching via a Bay Area on Monday, with a intensity for removed thunderstorms in a afternoon, according to a continue service.

Monday during 8:55 a.m., a continue use released a inundate advisory for a Carmel River in Monterey County, warning that “heavy sleet overnight has resulted in fast rises” and flooding is imminent. At 8:15 a.m., H2O levels on a Carmel River were during 7.59 feet; a inundate theatre is 8.5 feet.


Rain over a weekend sparked a handful of mudslides and road closures opposite a Bay Area. In Fremont, Niles Canyon Road was quickly sealed early Monday morning since of “falling rocks and intensity mudslide.” At 6:36 a.m., Fremont military reported a highway was behind open.

A mudslide in San Mateo County has blocked both lanes of Highway 35 (Skyline Boulevard), about a half mile north of Castanea Ridge Road. County officials guess a highway will be sealed for one week.


Monday morning, a continue use reported that a Sierra Nevada was experiencing “heavy snowfall” with accumulation rates adult to 3 inches an hour. A snowstorm warning is in outcome by Monday during 10 p.m.

Ski resorts opposite a Sierra Nevada reported layer totals trimming from 12 to 35 inches from Friday by Sunday. More sleet is approaching to tumble by Tuesday, and a continue use warned that transport by a Sierra Nevada will be “nearly unfit during times.”

Monday during 10 a.m., a California Highway Patrol reported that Interstate 80 was sealed from Colfax to a Nevada state line.

Staff author George Avalos contributed to this report.

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