Wet and wintry in Sonoma County
Christmas Eve may be only day without rain during coming week

  • Sandy LeDuc of Santa Rosa braves floodwaters to gather her mail on Piner Road, Friday Dec. 21, 2012. ((Kent Porter / Press Democrat))

Mother Nature is bringing Sonoma County a soggy Christmas, with rain continuing over the weekend and most of next week, forecasters said.

Today's rain, heavy at times, will be a continuation of Friday's storm, which flooded local streets and snarled operations at San Francisco International Airport.

Sunday's storm is expected to be heavier, bringing total rainfall over the weekend in Santa Rosa to 2.5 to 3 inches, said Austin Cross, a National Weather Service meteorologist.

"It's winter. This is what we get," he said.

Monday looks like the only break in the storms coming out of the Gulf of Alaska, with chilly days in the low- to mid-50s through Friday.

Christmas Day will start out cloudy, with rain likely by noon adding another inch of precipitation, Cross said.

Rain and showers are likely Wednesday through Friday, with the pattern continuing into the new year.

Friday's storm dropped 2.46 inches of rain in Santa Rosa by 4 p.m., bringing the seasonal total to 16.26 inches. Last year at this time, the city had just 4.24 inches of rain.

Cazadero got 5.05 inches Friday, while Cloverdale had 3.61 inches, Guerneville 3.27 inches, Windsor 2.56, Healdsburg 2.5 and Sebastopol 2.12.

Winds prompted SFO to shut down two of the airport's four runways, making the holiday weekend's busiest day a hard one for travelers.

Flights were delayed up to three hours, and about 100 incoming and outgoing flights were canceled, said Dan Dinnocenti, airport duty manager.

Stormy weather also caused flight delays on the East Coast, he said, making Friday "a bad day for flying."

Dinnocenti said he could not predict how airport operations would go over the weekend and advised travelers to check online for the status of their flights.

Flight operations were normal Friday at the Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport, said Steve Lange, assistant airport manager.

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