Storm brings more than an inch of rain to parts of Sonoma County

The first serious storm in weeks swept through the North Bay early Wednesday, knocking out power in more than two dozen places and bringing much-needed rain.

Snow also was falling up in the Sierra Nevada, with about five inches overnight reported at Tahoe-area ski resorts and more piling up Wednesday.

Rainfall at the Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport early Wednesday totaled 1.34 inches.

In other areas National Weather Service volunteer rain watchers reported 1.29 inches in Cloverdale and 1.6 inches in Monte Rio. In Petaluma .31 inches fell and a Santa Rosa resident recorded .39 inches of rain.

There has been no sustained rainfall since the start of the year other than spits and dribbles, said meteorologist Diana Henderson with the National Weather Service.

Showers are expected in the North Bay through Thursday night.

"It'll be all over by Friday," Henderson said.

There were 27 storm-related outages in Sonoma County during the night, involving 1701 customers.

The biggest outage involved 800 customers in Monte Rio, said Paul Moreno, PG&E representative.

A fir tree branch fell into a wire on Austin Creek Road at about 9:40 p.m. Tuesday. Everyone caught in the Monte Rio outage was restored by about 2:15 a.m., he said.

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