NWS issues wind, flood advisories

Jordan Baker, Aaron Tolentino, and Bay City News

(KRON) – The National Weather Service issued a flood watch, coastal flood advisory, and a wind advisory for Monday morning.

Heavy rainfall impacts include rapid rises in creeks and streams, and increased risk of shallow landslides. KRON4 Meteorologist John Shrable said, “Another wet day today. Showers will continue through the morning commute with ponded areas on roads.”

Bay Area storm updates:

Monday, Jan. 22

5:10 p.m. — Heavy rains cause road closures on Highway 9

KRON4’s Rob Nesbitt reports.

3:03 p.m. — San Pablo Dam Road reopened after fallen tree cleared

San Pablo Dam Road is open and the tree that fell earlier Monday has been cleared, according to the City of Orinda. Contra Costa County Public Works cleared the tree, which fell and closed the road in both directions around 11:30 a.m. The downed tree was approximately 750 feet west of Tri Lane in El Sobrante.

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2:37 p.m. — Large tree falls on several vehicles in San Mateo

KRON4’s Ella Sogomonian reports.

1:20 p.m. — San Pablo Dam Road closed due to fallen tree

San Pablo Dam Road was closed Monday to traffic in both directions due to a fallen eucalyptus tree, Contra Costa County Public Works Department said on social media at 11:37 a.m.

The downed tree is approximately 750 feet west of Tri Lane in El Sobrante. Officials ask people to avoid the area as crews work to remove the tree. There is currently no estimate as to when the road will reopen.

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8:41 a.m. — Landslide near Saratoga closes highway

A muddy landslide near Saratoga has closed northbound and southbound lanes of Highway 9 from Redwood Gulch Road to Sanborn Road, Caltrans said on X.

A storm-triggered landslide is blocking Highway 9 near Saratoga on Jan. 22, 2024. (CalTrans Photo)

8:30 a.m. — A Bay Area flood watch expired around 8:30 a.m., NWS said on X. The weather service warned, “We’re continuing to see reports of roadway flooding this morning. Take it slow on your morning commute and do not drive through flooded roadways. You don’t really know how deep it is under all that water.”

8:25 a.m. — Sonoma County flooding

A creek overflowed into a Guerneville neighborhood and forced many residents to evacuate before sunrise. Guerneville schools are closed on Monday due to flooding, the school district announced. Video from the area shows water all the way up to doorknobs of some homes.

7:23 a.m. — Scattered showers

Scattered rain showers still moving through the Bay Area, NWS.

Sunday, Jan. 21

10:02 p.m. — Flooding, slick roads caused by storm in Mill Valley

KRON4’s Sara Stinson was live from the North Bay as the rainfall picked up Sunday evening.

8:08 p.m. — Big rig, SUV crashes after truck loses control on Vallejo highway

A big rig and an SUV crashed Sunday night in the area of I-80 eastbound and I-780 westbound highways, according to California Highway Patrol. Around 8:08 p.m., the big rig jackknifed on the transition ramp where an Audi then struck the truck.

CHP says the crash was weather-related.

2:26 p.m. — Lanes reopen on Highway 9 after being closed due to mud and rockslide

Lanes on Highway 9 in the area of Sanborn Road and Redwood Gulch shut down on Saturday. The lanes reopened over a day later around 2:15 p.m., Caltrans said on social media.

The location of the lane closures is just west of Saratoga.

Flood Watch

The Flood Watch will be in effect from Sunday night to Monday morning for the North Bay, the NWS said. A Flood Watch may include flooding on roads, streams, creeks, and rivers. Flash flooding and debris flows are possible.

Coastal Flood Advisory

The Coastal Flood Advisory is active for Sunday and Monday. The advisory is for the Cities of Santa Rosa, Cloverdale, Napa, San Francisco, Livermore, and San Jose.

Wind Advisory

A Wind Advisory is in effect from Sunday at 10 p.m. until Monday at 4 a.m. The Coastal Bay Area and Central Coast are forecasted to have gusty winds at higher elevations. The winds are expected to be 30 to 45 mph.

(National Weather Service)

Potential impacts from the winds include uprooted trees due to saturated soil, damage to trees and powerlines, and power outages.  

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