After welcoming a respite from the wet weather, the Bay Area will once again see deluges of rain return to the region during the early part of the workweek, according to weather officials.
The incoming storm system is expected to hit the North Bay the hardest, dumping anywhere from 5 to 9 inches of rain in the region’s hills and mountains and 3 to 5 inches along the coast and in the valleys, according to the National Weather Service.
Those expected rainfall totals have prompted the weather service to issue a flood watch for Marin, Napa and Sonoma counties between Monday afternoon and Wednesday night.
The weather service warned that the inundation of rain across already waterlogged terrain could cause the Russian River, Napa River and low-lying areas to flood. Flash flooding could also be possible between late Monday and Tuesday night.
Elsewhere, the storm is slated to drench several cities with multiple inches of rain, with the heaviest rain expected to fall between Monday afternoon and Tuesday night, according to the weather service.
Between late Sunday and late Tuesday, San Francisco, Concord, Half Moon Bay and Santa Cruz could pick up 2 to 3 inches of rain. Livermore is expected to receive 1.5 to 2 inches. San Jose is slated to collect 1 to 1.5 inches.
This winter’s rounds of wet weather have drastically improved California’s standing when it comes to the state’s battle against drought. As of Tuesday, just over 67 percent of the state was free from any drought. At the start of the calendar year, that number was just below 8 percent.
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