Wet Weekend Ahead

Five day forecast: here comes the sun.

By Lori Preuitt
|  Friday, Mar 25, 2011  |  Updated 7:15 PM PDT
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For the first time since 2006, the Lexington Reservoir in the South Bay spilled its banks.

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For the first time since 2006, the Lexington Reservoir in the South Bay spilled its banks.

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The Bay Area will get no time to dry out between storms, according to the forecasters.

Thursday's wild weather system has cleared out, but there is another weaker system just off shore. The spillway of Lexington Reservoir in the South Bay gushed water Friday and is expected to continue to spill through the weekend.

NBC Bay Area meteorologist Jeff Ranieri points out the ground is nearly 100-percent saturated from several back-to-back storms in the past week. Ranieri said Thursday brought another 2-5 inches of rain and that means any additional rain, no matter how small, can make a big impact on weak trees and wet soil. 

His forecast is for scattered rain Friday with breezy conditions. The next system that arrives Friday night and into Saturday morning could bring another half inch of the wet stuff. Some showers may linger even into Sunday.

But after that comes the good news and some much needed drying. Ranieri says forecast models continue to hint at gradual drying from Sunday to Thursday next week with temperatures warming into the low 70s.

There is also a winter storm warning through Saturday night in the Sierra with another two feet of snow in the forecast. That's on top of 5 to 8 feet of snow that fell earlier in the week.

Thursday's rain event left its mark across the state with swollen lakes, reservoirs and rivers. Interstate 80 in the Sierra remained closed Friday due to white-out conditions. Some ski resorts were closed Friday as well as they plow the five or so new feet of snow. 

The clean up of downtown Capitola Village got underway Friday after a torrent of water flooded the area Thursday night.  See the raw video below (warning graphic language)

There were lots of reports of both street and creek flooding throughout the Bay Area.

Shannon Road at Kennedy Road in Los Gatos was a river of water in the morning hours.  A creek also overflowed its banks onto San Felipe Road in San Jose.  (You see pictures of all the damage in the above embedded gallery).

There was also flooding reported in the Martinez area on Alhambra Avenue.  Free-lance photographer Craig Cannon said the infamous beaver dam in Martinez was destroyed and that a torrent of rushing water was lapping within a foot of the base of the downtown bridge. 

A mudslide covered train tracks in the Niles Canyon area of Fremont. ACE service couldn't get through and was canceled through the weekend.

Downed trees were also a problem throughout the Bay Area. One tree fell on Thornhill Road in Montclair.  Enrique Rodriguez said he was trying to clear the drain when it came down and said it nearly hit him. 

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