Rain totals: Atmospheric River soaks Bay Area

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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON/AP) – A powerful storm packing heavy rain, snow, and winds pounded California and Nevada over the past two days.

In the Bay Area, flooding remained a concern Thursday with scattered showers reported in the region after the Atmospheric River moved east.

Here are 48-hour rain totals, according to the National Weather Service Bay Area:

In downtown Oakland, the recent storm also brought just over an inch of rain while up to 2 inches fell in the Oakland hills.

About 1.6 inches fell at the Livermore Municipal Airport and up to 2.75 inches in the Dublin area.

The Livermore area received only 35% of its normal rainfall for the water year.

Mudslides near Salinas south of the Bay Area damaged about two dozen rural ranch homes beneath hillsides scorched by the River Fire last August, said Dorothy Priolo with the Monterey County Regional Fire Protection District.

One woman was treated for broken bones after mud went “completely through the house” in the early morning hours, Priolo said. Fifty horses were rescued.

The onslaught is being fueled by a potent Atmospheric River weather system that swept in from the Pacific.

Parts of Bay Area could have thunder, lightning and even hail into Thursday afternoon, according to the weather service.

Flash flood warnings remained in effect through Thursday afternoon for parts of Santa Cruz and San Mateo counties, Monterey County and areas of the northern San Francisco Bay Area, especially those near burn areas.

In the Bay Area, the following weather alerts are in place:

The Atmospheric River is part of a major change in weather for California, which had significant drought conditions for months. The dryness contributed to wildfires that scorched more than 4.2 million acres in 2020, the most in recorded modern history.

According to the NWS, the rain will taper off Thursday night and it is expected to be dry in the Bay Area through Saturday.

A bit more rain may come late this weekend into early next week, officials added.

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