SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – With predictions of as much as 5-8 inches of rain over the next several days, Sausalito residents were casting a wary eye toward the city’s picturesque hills in the wake of slide that has already damaged several homes.
The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for Sonoma, Marin and Napa counties from Monday afternoon through Wednesday night as another atmospheric river slams into the region.
Forecasters said Santa Rosa could receive more than 5.62 inches, San Rafael 4.5 inches, San Francisco and Napa nearly 4 inches and San Jose 2.69 inches by the time the river moves on late Wednesday.
“Flash flooding is possible from late Monday through Tuesday night,” the National Weather Service warned. “Urban flooding in low lying areas is likely. Widespread shallow landslides, rockslides, and debris flows are likely in steep terrain.”
A separate flash flood watch has been issued for San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and San Mateo counties from Monday afternoon through late Tuesday night. The weather service said 4 to 6 inches could fall in the Santa Cruz Mountains during that time, while 2-4 inches could fall along the coast and bay. The Santa Clara Valley could see 1-2 inches of rainfall.
Along with flood advisories, a wind advisory has been issued for higher elevations across the Bay Area, including the Diablo Range, the North Bay mountains and the Santa Cruz mountains from noon on Monday through 2 a.m. on Tuesday. Wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour are expected.
“Southerly winds will increase and become locally gusty by (Monday) afternoon over the region`s higher elevations as well as along the coastline,” the weather service said.