SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – The cold front that brings April showers to the San Francisco Bay Area on Sunday evening won’t be strong enough to alleviate the scale-dry drought conditions, but much-needed rainfall will delay another historic forest fire season for the time being. according to the National Weather Service.
The San Francisco Bay Area has slipped back into moderate to severe drought conditions after the jet stream carried the winter storms to the northwest and left Northern California high and dry.
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On Tuesday evening, Marin County became the first community in the Bay Area to introduce tough new water use restrictions as local reservoirs continue to sink to alarming levels.
In contrast to other counties, Marin is only dependent on reservoirs in the coastal area and not from the sierra for its water supply. The region received less than 50 percent of its normal rainfall last year.
In other places, the hills and forests are tinder-dry again – much drier than last autumn, when the region suffered from a historic 2020 fire season.
More than two million acres – 3,125 square miles – almost three times the size of Chicago, Manhattan, and Los Angeles combined, were burned to death.
The forest fires burned thousands of homes, claimed dozens of lives, and charred forests, woodlands, and vineyards to BC
Vineyards that reveal an ugly fear from space.
“Overall, this storm will have little impact on the long-term drought,” said federal forecasters on Wednesday. “However, there is growing confidence that most parts of the Bay Area will rain Sunday through Monday. In the
At least this will take a break at the start of the fire season as fuel moisture levels tend towards historically dry levels. “
The 2020 firestorm was ignited by a severe dry thunderstorm. Forecasters said it was a little early to predict if the weekend storm has the potential for lightning strikes.
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A small storm front rolling through Tuesday brought only light showers, but caused more than 30 lightning strikes in wine country – a region devastated in last fall’s firestorm. Fortunately, no new flames were reported.
The total amount of rain for Sunday to Monday is half a centimeter to one centimeter in the North Bay and in the coastal mountains, and a quarter of an inch in lower elevations.
“If this works, it will be the first rain since March 18-19,” said forecasters.
We are looking for opportunities for heavy rain next Sunday through Monday. Here is a model’s forecast for that period. #Cawx #RainPlease pic.twitter.com/DXStH4H74M
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A warning has also been issued to northern California residents planning weekend hikes and camping trips in the Sierra.
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“Sierra Passes can experience periods of heavy, wet snow from Saturday evening through Sunday and Monday, with possible impact on travel and chain checks, especially at night,” the forecasters said. “Mountain communities like Tahoe, Truckee, and Bridgeport vary between rain and snow.”