9/16/15, "Heat wave is just a memory--rain, snow coming to California," sfgate.com, Bill Hutchinson
"California is going from record heat to rain, cold--and even snow. After last week saw temperatures soar well past 100
degrees in some Bay Area communities, a dramatic cooling trend has
descended on the region and throughout much of the West.
Light rain is expected Wednesday in the Bay Area and
the drought-parched areas of Lake County where the Valley Fire continues
to burn. Snow could fall as low as 7,000 feet in the northern Sierra,
In other parts of the West, Idaho is expected to get as much as six
inches of snow while Montana and Utah are forecast to get rain and a
snow in the states’ mountainous areas.
The dramatic weather change comes a week after a heat
wave swept through the Bay Area and most of California, driving
temperatures to 95 degrees in San Francisco and up to 104 in Walnut
National Weather Service forecaster Bob Benjamin
said San Francisco temperatures will be at least 30 degrees cooler than
last week, with a high of 66 degrees on Wednesday. Rainfall could start
later in the day and total up to a tenth of an inch.
Up north in Lake County, exhausted firefighters who
have been battling the Valley Fire since Saturday are expected to get a
good dousing of rain, perhaps as much as a quarter-inch to a half-inch
over Wednesday and into Thursday.
Meanwhile, a late-summer storm in Southern California
brought more than two inches of rain to downtown Los Angeles on
Tuesday, making it the third-wettest September storm there since the
1870s, officials said. The storm also brought flooding and widespread