More than an inch of rain fell in several areas of the North Bay from the first storm of the fall season, but that was a warmup act to a larger storm due in Tuesday evening.
This one could bring about two inches of rain to the region's hills and as much as 1.5 inches to the valleys, said Steve Anderson, meteorologist for the National Weather Service. By 4 p.m. rain was already falling in west Sonoma County and points north.
Tuesday morning's gray skies misted and drizzled in areas, but Monday's storm had left the region.
Storm number two was due into the Santa Rosa area by about 10 p.m., said Anderson.
The rain gauge at the Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport Tuesday morning showed .3 inches since 10 p.m. Monday.
But volunteer rain watchers for the weather service, who collect data to help show the diversity of the area's weather, reported 24-hour rainfall totals as of 7 a.m., catching the entire storm in areas.
Santa Rosa collectors showed totals ranging from .56 up to .87 inches.
Sebastopol ranges showed as much as .85 inches, Windsor, .65 inches and to the south county, Petaluma, .44 inches and Rohnert Park had .5.
In the east county, Sonoma showed .39 inches.
Closer to the Russian River the numbers were 1.25 inches in Monte Rio, 1.05 in Cloverdale, 1.2 inches in Bodega Bay and 1.01 in Occidental.
In Mendocino County, 1.38 inches was recorded by a Laytonville volunteer, 1.24 inches fell in Willits and 1.1 in Ukiah.
In Lake County, a Lakeport recorder measured .75 inches and in Middletown, .58 inches.
A few lingering showers could continue through Thursday morning then dry skies into the afternoon.
“It'll be a sunny, dry, warm weekend,” said Anderson.
“Not in the 80s, we're done with that for a bit. Mid to upper 70s,” he said.
The trail of Wednesday's storm should stretch from the Gulf of Alaska south to northern Baja, bringing significant rainfall and cooler temperatures to the entire West Coast.
For the Sierra, it's bringing the first snowfall of the year, according to forecasters.
“All the major Sierra passes will have snow,” Anderson said. “It's winter travel tonight and tomorrow morning."