Rainstorm could cause Bay Area floods

February 22, 2009 6:53:30 PM PST
A rainstorm reached the Bay Area Saturday night and could cause flooding problems Sunday because of areas receiving heavy rainfall on increasingly saturated soil, according to the National Weather Service.

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Rain was particularly heavy in the North Bay on Saturday night, with 2 inches of rain falling at Cazadero in the northwestern part of Sonoma County, according to the weather service.

Periods of rain are expected to continue across the region through Monday, with locally heavy rain likely Sunday across southwest-facing slopes in the coastal mountain ranges.

Rainfall totals from the storm in the North Bay are anticipated to range from 1 to 2 inches in urban and valley locations, while higher elevations will get between 3-5 inches, according to the weather service.

Other urban and low-lying areas of the Bay Area will receive about an inch of rain, while higher elevations will accumulate 2-3 inches.

Locally gusty south winds are also expected through Monday, according to the weather service.

The storm comes after parts of the Bay Area absorbed up to 11 inches in some areas, causing easier runoff and also raising the possibility of mudslides and sliding rocks, according to the weather service.

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