Record cold in Santa Rosa, snow in Mendocino County

  • Maintenance Worker 2 Rick Pollio of Sonoma County Transportation and Public Works spreads crushed lava rock for drivers to have more traction on an ice covered bridge on Geysers Road in Geyserville, Calif., on December 7, 2013. (Alvin Jornada / The Press Democrat)

Emergency workers were occcupied in Sonoma County with downed trees and wires, and car crashes on wet roads, but no major injuries were reported.

While the snow caused some havoc on roads farther north, it didn't last long.

"It's been snowing since about noon," Nancy Stipe, an administrative assistant with the Willits Fire Department, said Friday afternoon around 3:30.

Snow, Ice In Sonoma County


"We don't have a lot on the ground. Maybe an inch or so. It could be 2 inches," she said.

Stipe said the main street in Willits was "slushy" and cars were slowing down. But she said there had been several accidents and slip outs on area roads.

"If 101 is closed, you're pretty much stuck here," she said. "Hopefully it will let up and start to melt."

The snow did stop for a while. But after another chilly day, rain and snow at higher elevations were expected to continue in Sonoma County overnight.

Mark Strudley, a hydrologist with the National Weather Service, predicted that between one-quarter and three-quarters of an inch of rain could fall by today.

By 9 p.m., Friday's storm had brought a half-inch of rain to Santa Rosa, according to the weather service. The wettest spot in Sonoma County was Monte Rio, with almost an inch.

Snow was predicted at elevations over 2,500 feet Friday night, dropping to 2,000 feet by this morning.

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