Storm brings heavy rain to North Bay

The first storm of the season brought heavy rain Monday night into Tuesday, putting more than an inch in rain gauges throughout the North Bay.

More than 1.5 inches were recorded in several areas, including the usual rainy spots like Cazadero, which as of 7 a.m. had 1.6 inches, according to a report to the National Weather Service.

Several Sonoma County rainfall watchers for the National Weather Service early Tuesday reported more than an inch of rain: Sebastopol 1.38 inches, Geyserville 1.26, Healdsburg 1.09, Guerneville 1.76, Santa Rosa 1.04, Occidental 1.66, Cotati, 1.24 and Cloverdale at 1.4 inches.

Totals also were substantial in dryer areas: Kenwood 0.67 inches, Boyes Hot Springs 0.77 and 0.66 in a Rohnert Park neighborhood.

At the Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport, ¾ inch was recorded early Tuesday and just over ½ inch had fallen in downtown Santa Rosa, according to the Will Pi, meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

The morning commute was heavy and slow but no major crashes were reported by about 8 a.m., according to the CHP. Several drivers did lose control on wet roadways, however, causing small spin outs, including three on Highway 101 along the Cotati grade, CHP Officer Steve Fricke said.

Reports of a few fallen trees and many broken branches were made to dispatchers throughout the county, but no major issues as of about 8 a.m.

The rain should drift offshore by late morning and be mostly done, although there remained a chance of a few showers into the night, Pi said.

Sunshine should take over the forecast in the next few days but the rain could return to the North Bay Sunday as a cold system is threatening to drop into the area, he said.

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