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Second storm dumping rain, snow across NorCal

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 23, 2012 at 7:27 pm •  Published: December 23, 2012
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Northern Californians slogged through another day of wet and windy weather on Sunday as the second storm of the weekend moved through the region, causing headaches for people driving on freeways and delays for air travelers.

After a bit of a break in the weather Saturday evening, more heavy rain and strong winds hit the region as a slow-moving but more powerful weather system moved through the region Sunday, said National Weather Service forecaster Diana Henderson.

"It (Saturday's storm) didn't hold as much water," Henderson said. "It came, it dumped its rain and it ran," she said. "This one is a little moister and a little slower, so it's taking its time meandering through the Bay Area."

The good news is that rain is expected to taper off by Monday morning, when the forecast calls for a mostly sunny day with highs in the mid-50s.

But with the ground already saturated from the previous rain, there could some flooding of small streams and creeks in Sonoma and Napa Counties, Henderson said.

For holiday travelers, the storm caused delays at the airports and on the freeways through late Sunday.

"We've definitely had our share of crashes but not a significant amount," said California Highway Patrol Sgt. Diana McDermott.

A nine-car pileup in Oakland and fatal crashes in Sonoma and Marin counties were among the traffic accidents caused by speeding drivers on slippery highways, McDermott said.

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