Get out your umbrellas! Atmospheric river set to inundate Valley, Bay Area with rain, Sierra with snow

Stockton Record

It may not be raining cats and dogs just yet, but the Valley and Bay Area can expect some heavy rainfall in the coming days and lasting for most of the week.

A cold-weather system was expected to bring some light to moderate showers Sunday afternoon, but that storm’s output wasn’t expected to be nearly as heavy as the “atmospheric river” expected to arrive Tuesday. The Sunday storm was expected to bring around a tenth of an inch to a quarter of inch of rain in San Francisco, San Jose and the East Bay, with higher elevations such as Mount Diablo getting as much a quarter of an inch, according to the National Weather Service. Some areas with elevations above 3,000 feet could see some snow.

Speaking of snow: More than a foot of the white stuff fell in some parts of Southern California’s mountains and more in the Sierra as the first in a series of storms moved through California this weekend, bringing real winter weather after weeks of sporadic rain that has done little to ease the drought.

Snowfall ranged from a dusting along the Grapevine to as much as 2 inches at higher elevations. In Malibu, residents shared social media images of impromptu sledding sessions, a rarity for the coastal area. But what looked like snow there was actually small-pellet hail, said Kathy Hoxsie, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard.

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