The first of two storms soaked the San Francisco Bay Area, dumped fresh snow in the Sierra Nevada and brought a high tide Sunday that could flood some coastal areas.
Strong rainfall first reached the North Bay Sunday afternoon. The area is expected to receive up to 2.5 inches of rainfall before the storm spreads further inland, said Roger Gass, a forecaster with the National Weather Service.
The Sierra Nevada is forecast to get up to 10 inches of new snow in the highest points, Gass said.
Heavy rain could lead to localized flooding of roadways, especially along the coast. A flash flood warning is in effect for some parts of the North Bay, the National Weather Service said.
Rainfall will taper off by Monday morning but a second rainstorm is expected to make landfall Monday night and Tuesday, Gass said.
“There will be a few lingering showers across the region Monday morning but most conditions will become dry by the afternoon,” he said.
The storms were accompanied by a large ocean swell bringing waves up to 15 feet along the central and southern California coast. A high-surf advisory was in effect through Tuesday for Ventura County, where forecasters warned of possible flooding in low-lying areas.Bay Area NewsCoastal floodingHeavy rainNorth BayrainRAinfallSan Francisco Bay AreaSierra NevadaSnowstorms