Second storm dumps rain, snow across Northern California

Christopher Chung/The Press DemocratGraton volunteer firefighter Eddie Miranda helps Evelyn Lozoida and Berenice Lozoida

Northern Californians slogged through another day of wet and windy weather as the second storm of the weekend moved through the region, causing headaches for people driving on freeways and delays for air travelers.

After a bit of a break in the weather Saturday evening, a slow-moving but more powerful weather system delivered heavy rain and strong winds Sunday, said National Weather Service forecaster Diana Henderson.

“It didn’t hold as much water,” Henderson said of Saturday’s storm. “It came, it dumped its rain and it ran.”

With the ground already saturated, Sunday’s storm brought flooding around the Bay Area. It also knocked out power and toppled trees.

In San Francisco, there were several inches of water in north and southbound lanes on U.S. Highway 101 near Cesar Chavez Street, according to the California Highway Patrol. One foot of water was reported in San Jose on a connector ramp between Interstate 280 and state Highway 85. And in Santa Rosa, several roadways were entirely or partially blocked by standing water or mud.

For holiday travelers, the storm caused delays at airports and on freeways.

Both arrivals and departures were behind schedule, and some flights were canceled. As of 12:30 p.m. Sunday, 25 flights — nine departures and 16 arrivals — had been canceled, SFO duty manager Lily Wang said. More were expected throughout the day.

“It’s been one of those weekends,” airport duty manager Shannon Wilson said of the delays caused by the bad weather.

On freeways, a high-wind advisory was in effect for three of the four bridges that cross San Francisco Bay. Officials warned people driving campers or hauling trailers to stay off the Bay Bridge, the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge and the Carquinez Bridge.

Flooding also was reported on parts of Highway 101, just south of San Francisco, where several inches of water had accumulated, the CHP said.

On Interstate 80 through the Sierra, forecasters had issued a winter storm warning, saying that heavy snow and strong winds could create whiteout conditions.

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