Rain to give way to cold weather, clear skies in Sonoma County | Bot To News

The storm that wreaked havoc in parts of Sonoma County this weekend will pass Monday morning, giving way to clear skies and the possibility of freezing temperatures this week, according to the National Weather Service.

Scattered showers are expected to continue across the North Bay until around 7 am Monday, according to Roger Gass, a meteorologist with the weather service’s office in Monterey. There is also a 10% to 20% chance of thunderstorms across the region.

The heaviest rains and strongest winds, which uprooted trees and damaged homes in Monte Rio on Saturday, have passed.

As of Sunday, the valleys had 1 to 1½ inches of rain, while the coastal mountain ranges received 1½ to 3 inches, Gass said.

Santa Rosa received about 1.11 inches.

After Monday morning, a cold front will settle in the region, Gass said.

On Sunday, a freeze watch was issued, from Monday night through Tuesday morning, for the northern Bay valleys, including Santa Rosa. Temperatures in these areas will be in the mid-20s to mid-30s, said Rick Canepa, a meteorologist with the weather service’s office in Monterey.

In its watch advisory, the weather service said freezing temperatures could kill crops and other sensitive vegetation. Unprotected outdoor piping may also be damaged.

There could be temperatures similar to freezing to below zero on Wednesday morning, Canepa said.

Gass said people should prepare for colder weather by reaching out to those who don’t have access to heat. He also advised protecting pets from the cold.

The highs for the next week will range between 50 and 50.

“We’re going to get more sun, so it’s going to get hot in the afternoons,” Gass said.

There is a 15% to 30% chance of rain starting Friday, though the weather service has little confidence in the storm’s arrival, Gass said.

“(There is a) very, very low chance of light rain in the area by next weekend,” he said, “but for the most part, most of the week will be dry.”

You can contact staff writer Madison Smalstig at madison.smalstig@pressdemocrat.com. On Twitter @madi.smals.

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