Heavy rainfall hits Bay Area


The Bay Area is facing another wave of heavy rainfall on Tuesday morning that could bring rock slides and other problems to the region, according to the National Weather Service.

Several locations of the Bay Area will see strong winds with possible gusts of up to 30 mph and intense rain on Tuesday morning, weather forecasters said.

In Palo Alto, expect gusts of up to 23 mph and as high as 32 mph, according to the National Weather Service.

And a subsequent storm may arrive in the region as soon as Wednesday night, said Matt Mehle, a meteorologist for the weather service.

"We're not out of the woods yet," Mehle said. "We're not going to see an extended period of dry weather for quite a while."

On Tuesday, up to an inch of rain is expected to fall in San Francisco and Monterey Bay, the weather service reported.

Most of the rain will occur in the coastal mountain ranges, with a 1.5-inch downpour expected in Santa Cruz and 1.43 inches expected in Big Sur.

There are also 1.3 inches of rain anticipated in the North Bay city of Cloverdale.

This could lead to slick roadways and a longer commute for Bay Area residents, particularly on Tuesday morning, according to the weather service.

The rain could possibly bring slight rises in small creeks and streams as well as flooding in areas prone to it, Mehle said.

Rock slides are also likely, he added.

"The ground has been saturated (by recent rain) and primed for it," Mehle said. "In each of the storms we've had lately, we've gotten a report of a rock slide."

After heavy rainfall on Sunday, rock slides closed state Highway 84 in both directions in the Niles Canyon area of Fremont for more than three hours this morning.

Mehle said this impending storm is moving faster than the one that hit the Bay Area on Sunday, which dropped about 1.3 inches of rain on San Francisco and up to 3 inches in other areas in the region.

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Posted by Driver
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jan 19, 2016 at 8:56 am

It is very bad out there this morning. Our neighborhood has trash day and the trucks are adding to the problems. They are on SB Alma taking a lane and the trash cans are taking up space on bike lanes. The cans are also causing pooling in the curbs on many streets.

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Posted by Mr.Recycle
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jan 19, 2016 at 5:32 pm

Even though there was barely an inch of rain, the SF creak at Bayshore was at 50% capacity. Looking at the creek cam, there are large metal grates from the construction that seem to be blocking debris, and possibly blocking some of the flow?

Take a look at this image:

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Posted by Terry
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 19, 2016 at 5:49 pm

Gee, got 0.8" of rain here in Midtown. Can only imagine what the Headline would have been if it had been over an inch.

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Posted by Mr.Recycle
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jan 19, 2016 at 11:51 pm

@Terry - that's what's worrisome, light rain, and the creek at 50% capacity at Bayshore.

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Posted by Mr.Recycle
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jan 20, 2016 at 11:15 am

Another image from the creek cam - fair amount of debris piling up because of the grates under 101 - but maybe not enough to significantly affect flow.

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