Crashes, traffic and school closure as back-to-back storms push through Sonoma County

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Rainfall rolled across the North Bay for a second day Thursday, dealing Sonoma County another round of road closures, traffic delays and at least one school closure.

Persistent rain, scattered thunderstorms and strong winds were reported Thursday morning, tapering off by evening. By then, 2.08 inches of rain had been recorded in Santa Rosa over the two-day span beginning 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

The two-day total topped the city’s historic average, 1.28 inches, for all of May.

“The fact that this storm produced that much in less than a 48-hour period, exceeded all of the May normal, it’s definitely saying something,” said Rick Canepa, a National Weather Service meteorologist.

Friday morning was set to be dry, with another stronger storm rolling in later Friday and expected to last through Sunday, said National Weather Service meteorologist Anna Schneider said.

On Thursday, northbound Highway 101 near Todd Road in Santa Rosa was shut down about 7:30 a.m. after a five- vehicle collision. No injuries were reported and the California Highway Patrol reopened the roadway by 8 a.m.

Another incident early Thursday on southbound Highway 101 near Highway 12 in Santa Rosa closed lanes after two cars spun out and came to rest facing the opposite direction. No injuries were reported.

Horicon School District in Annapolis was closed on Thursday because of a storm-related power failure, said Jamie Hansen, spokeswoman for the Sonoma County Office of Education.

The storm has caused a number of events to be delayed or canceled this week, including the opening of Santa Rosa’s Wednesday Night Market and Saturday’s Healthcare Affair fundraiser organized by the Healthcare Foundation of Northern Sonoma County.

A “Wine & Sunset” benefit at Paradise Ridge Winery, sponsored by the Museum of Sonoma County, was moved from Thursday night to June 2.

Nine North Coast Section baseball games scheduled for Wednesday were moved to Friday as a result of rain.

No NCS playoff games were scheduled for Thursday, and NCS officials stacked up games on Friday to make sure they get them in, while also shifting some games back to Saturday and Monday.

Many events remain on schedule despite the inclement weather, including six commencement ceremonies at Sonoma State University scheduled over the weekend.

And Sunday’s Matsuri Japanese Arts Festival in Juilliard Park is still on, said Judy Bellah, a member of the festival’s board.

Staff Writers Nashelly Chavez and Dan Taylor contributed to this report.

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