The East Bay was battling crowded roads and high winds Sunday, making for dangerous conditions on Bay Area bridges. Meanwhile, flights at San Francisco International Airport were being delayed.
Mostly cloudy skies with a slight chance of rain are likely tonight with lows expected to be in the upper 40s, and winds up to 5 mph. Mostly cloudy skies are likely on Monday, with highs expected to be in the lower 50s, and northeast winds up to 10 mph.
The latest National Weather Service forecast threatens showers Sunday evening ending overnight, as the cold front and storm move east.
The forecast for Christmas Eve is dry.
On Christmas day, morning rain is predicted in North Bay with the wet stuff moving south in the afternoon. Showers are expected Tuesday evening and possibly continuing through Thursday. Dry weather is predicted to return Thursday night.
Here are some East Bay rainfall totals for the 24-hour period ending at 2 p.m. Sunday, most of which accumulated in the last 12 hours:
Mt. Diablo: 1.63 inches
St. Marys College: 1.43 inches
Orinda: 1.21 inches
Oakland airport: 1.19 inches
Rodeo: 1.13 inches
Concord: 0.67 inches
Dublin-San Ramon: 0.44 inches
Hayward airport: 0.42 inches
Livermore airport: 0.29 inches
Our Patch colleagues over in Marin are reporting that creek levels in some areas approached flood levels. Photos and videos show the scene at San Anselmo Creek.
Most power outages Sunday were reported in the North Bay, where 5,300 customers were without power in Marin, Sonoma and Napa counties as of 1:30 p.m., PG&E spokeswoman Jana Morris said. In the East Bay, around 1,375 customers were experiencing outages, Morris said.
The worst of the East Bay outages was in Orinda, where 764 customers were without power at 1:59 p.m.
In San Francisco, 88 customers were in the dark, and just 28 Peninsula customers were without service. In the South Bay, 50 customers were without power, Morris said. Crews were assessing each outage individually, and estimated restoration times were varied, Morris said. Anyone who encounters downed power lines should call 911 immediately.
Predicted arrivals and departures showed similar delays for the 2-3 p.m. hour.
In Pleasanton, a giant redwood crashed through a retaining wall and was blocking a street.
Heavy rain was causing flooding on roadways around the Bay Area, according to the California Highway Patrol. In San Francisco, several inches of water were reported in north and southbound lanes on U.S. Highway 101 near Cesar Chavez Street, according to the CHP. One foot of water was reported in San Jose on a connector ramp between Interstate Highway 280 and state Highway 85, according to the CHP. In Santa Rosa, several roadways were all or partially blocked by standing water or mud, according to the CHP. Motorists were being advised to reduce speed and expect puddles of standing water on roads and highways.
Stormy weather was complicating air travel at San Francisco International Airport, a duty manager said. As of 12:30 p.m. Sunday, 25 flights -- nine departures and 16 arrivals -- had been cancelled, SFO duty manager Lily Wang said. Most other flights were running between 45 and 90 minutes behind schedule, she said. Regional flights were most heavily impacted by cancellations, Wang said. With bad weather forecast for the remainder of the day, flight delays at SFO were expected to accumulate and worsen into tonight, Wang said. Passengers were being advised to check the status of their flights before leaving for SFO today.
The California Highway Patrol has issued a wind advisory for three Bay Area Bridges. Motorists on the Bay Bridge, the Richmond San Rafael Bridge and the Hayward-San Mateo Bridge should drive with an abundance of caution while storm conditions persist, according to the CHP. Wind gusts of up to 40 mph and rain were causing dangerous conditions on bridges and roadways throughout the Bay Area. Motorists should slow down, leave plenty of space between vehicles and be prepared for puddles and some flooding on the roadways.
Bay City News Service contributed to this report.