San Francisco sees record rainfall as highway floods

San Francisco has had its wettest days on record A winter storm brought flooding and heavy snow to California.

More than 5 inches of rain fell in downtown San Francisco on Saturday, setting a new daily record, according to the National Weather Service for the San Francisco Bay Area. said.

The last day of the year “creates a run for the wettest calendar day ever,” the agency said. As of 5 p.m. local time, San Francisco had recorded 5.45 inches of rain — the second wettest day since records began in 1849. said. The current local record of 5.54 inches was set on November 5, 1994.

With the city just nine-thousandths of an inch away from the local monsoon record, “we’ll see how the band west of the city affects the totals,” the National Weather Service said.

Amid record rainfall, the San Francisco area is flooded.

Traffic through flooded lanes on Highway 101 in South San Francisco, California on December 31, 2022.

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In South San Francisco, the California Highway Patrol temporarily closed Highway 101 in both directions through Oyster Point due to “major flooding” caused by incessant rain and high tides. The road was expected to reopen at 5pm local time on Saturday, but it did Closed indefinitely In the midst of continued flooding. The agency said it was responding to submerged vehicles following the closure and urged drivers to avoid the area.

It has also been reported that trees have fallen and landslides have occurred atmospheric river — a long, narrow section of the atmosphere that carries large amounts of water vapor over the Pacific Ocean — brought heavy rain and snow to much of the state Saturday.

After the rain moves south, the National Weather Service has advised that flooding will continue through Saturday night in the Gulf region.

The National Weather Service in Sacramento issued a flood warning for the region. The Sacramento County Office of Emergency Services ordered residents of Wilton to shelter in place Saturday afternoon.

“Roads in the area are impassable due to rising water,” the office said said in a consultation.

Snow delays and slick road conditions over the Sierra are expected to affect evening travel. “Avoid mountain travel if possible!” National Weather Service in Sacramento said.

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