While there’s rain on the way in the Bay Area’s forecast this week, the historic California drought has the state’s reservoirs at alarmingly low levels.
The first week of spring has brought sunny skies and warm temperatures, but rain is expected to return to the Bay Area by Tuesday.
Thursday is the first day of spring, and the rainy season is quickly coming to a close and rainfall in the Bay Area has been far below normal for this time of year, potentially setting up a long-term drought for California, a National Weather Service hydrologist said.
Squaw Valley, which sits between Truckee and the north shore of Lake Tahoe, received 22 inches of snow at its top elevations between Wednesday, when the first storm hit, and midday Friday. Neighboring Alpine Meadows reported 15 inches.
All lanes of westbound state Highway 24 in Oakland have reopened after a fatal crash blocked the roadway for more than an hour during Friday’s morning commute, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Governor Jerry Brown says he’s glad to see it’s finally raining in the Bay Area, but this series of storms won’t do much to ease California’s drought.
Officials said that despite the leaks on the Bay Bridge, the span is safe to drive across.
That is double the water use reduction that was being considered just last month.
The Bay Area is due to get some much-needed rainfall as early as Wednesday when the first of two coming storms is forecast to spread across the region, KPIX 5 Meteorologist Lawrence Karnow said Tuesday.
Meteorologists say a pair of storms could dump several inches of rain on parched cities and croplands throughout California in the coming week.