Roads slick as light rain visits Sonoma County

  • Santa Rosa firefighters work to extricate a driver whose truck rolled over in the westbound lanes of Fountaingrove Parkway in Santa Rosa, Calif., on January 11, 2014. (Alvin Jornada / The Press Democrat)

A weather system brought light rain to the North Coast on Saturday, but forecasters say it was not nearly enough to end months of crippling drought.

Slick roads caused a spate of minor accidents on Sonoma County roadways.

As clouds broke Saturday afternoon, 0.08 of an inch of rain had fallen at Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport, AccuWeather said. Cities in west Sonoma County received between 0.10 and 0.20 of an inch of rain.

"I don't think we are going to get a lot more," said Bob Benjamin, forecaster with the National Weather Service. "The rain is very light. It's not going to take us out of drought conditions."

The system was expected to pass by Saturday night with clear skies predicted for today, Benjamin said. A warming trend starting Monday should bring temperatures approaching 70.

"After today, it looks dry for the next seven days," Benjamin said.

Since July 1, Santa Rosa has received just over 2inches of rain, less than 10 percent of last year's rain to date. Water officials are encouraging conservation as North Coast reservoirs are reaching record low levels.

Saturday's rain-slicked roads caused problems for motorists. The CHP recorded about 15 crashes between 1 and 2 p.m., mostly along the Highway 101 corridor, said Officer Nenad Gorenec. None of the crashes involved serious injuries.

The Redwood Empire Dispatch Communications Authority reported at least six weather-related accidents as of Saturday afternoon.

Two collisions occurred on Highway 12 at Highway 101, two vehicles overturned on Fountain Grove Parkway, one overturned on Highway 101 at Baker Avenue and another vehicle rolled over on Westside Road near Healdsburg.

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