Bay Area Forecast: Here We Go Again

It's like ground hog day for Bay Area meteorologists

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    This is not what you think of when you think "springtime." (Published Tuesday, Mar 22, 2011)

    The first week of spring is not very spring-like here in the Bay Area. A wild weekend of weather that took a dozen boats from the moorings in Tiburon and caused thousands to lose power across the region moved right on in to the workweek.

    And now comes word of a bigger and more powerful series of storms that are barring down on the coast and are expected to bring rainy days through the end of the week. 

    Raw Video: Scotts Valley Rockslide

    [BAY] Raw Video: Scotts Valley Rockslide
    Raw video of the rockslide that trapped dozens in Scotts Valley. (Published Monday, Mar 21, 2011)

    It's enough to put the entire Bay Area coast under a flood watch. The ground is still saturated from the last storm and NBC Bay Area meteorologist Jeff Ranieri notes there hasn't been enough breaks between storms to allow anything to dry out.

    Evidence of the rain's impact could be seen when a huge wall of rocks came tumbling down onto a road in the Santa Cruz Mountains Monday. Dozens of homes are behind the slide and people living there will be walking in and out for an extended period of time while crews remove the debris.

    Raw Video: Dramatic Rock Slide Caught On Video

    [BAY] Raw Video: Dramatic Rock Slide Caught On Video
    A rock slide that occurred around 10am Monday had some residents running in the other direction. Watch the video and see the slide for yourself. Officials are calling it significant as a main access road to Scott's valley is blocked. Chief Meteorologist Jeff Ranieri says 2 storms this week could make the rock slide damage worse. Another 2-3 inches of rain & gusty winds is coming this week. (Published Tuesday, Mar 22, 2011)

    A group of hikers from Colorado planned to spend their spring break in Big Sur, but ended up in need of rescue after getting trapped by a swollen river in in the Los Padres National Forest.
    Spring break in Yosemite didn't prove much better. Several hundred visitors were forced to evacuate the park due to a power outage, mudslides and heavy snow.

    The recent storm is good news for ski resorts. It brought an additional eight feet of snow to the high Sierra with more in the forecast. Resorts are already promising a very late ski season this year. Snow totals are already in the record books with over 50 feet for many areas.

    It is a statewide event. Miles of beaches in Southern California were closed due to a sewage spill caused by all the rain.  The weekend storm dumped some ten inches of rain and that was too much for sewage systems.