Rain pelts area

Gilroy
– While ringing in the New Year, revelers might be wringing out
their shirts.
According to the National Weather Service, today’s high will be
53 degrees with rain, and showers are expected to linger through
the night. The overnight low will be 41 degrees.
Gilroy – While ringing in the New Year, revelers might be wringing out their shirts.

According to the National Weather Service, today’s high will be 53 degrees with rain, and showers are expected to linger through the night. The overnight low will be 41 degrees.

New Year’s Day will be cloudy with a chance of rain and a high of 54 degrees. The overnight low will be 42 degrees. Showers are likely Sunday, with a high of 55.

Since Monday, Gilroy’s rainfall has totaled slightly less than 2.5 inches, said Capt. Mark Ordaz at the Chestnut Fire Station. The station measures rainfall in 24-hour blocks, from 9am to 9am. Ordaz said there were no reports of flooding or major accidents.

“We haven’t had anything like that,” he said. “Just wet.”

Carla Ruigh, the city’s operations services manager, said there were minor reports of drain backups in Gilroy but nothing major.

Weather may have played a role in a power outage in northern Morgan Hill on Thursday morning. Although traffic lights in the area were working, power was off south of Jarvis Drive in the business district along Digital Drive.

Jeff Smith, spokesman for Pacific Gas & Electric, said about 97 Morgan Hill customers lost power at 3:30am Thursday; power was back on by noon. No outages occurred in Gilroy as a result of the storm, Smith said.

Local reservoirs collected runoff, but none was near capacity. Coyote Reservoir in east Gilroy had the lowest capacity, at 18.6 percent, and Anderson, east of Morgan Hill, had the highest at 51.6 percent.

Forecasters say there is a chance snow could fall on area peaks above 2,500 feet, which would include Mt. Hamilton and possibly the Highway 17 summit.

The days of rain – with a brief break in the clouds Wednesday – are a result of a series of storms coming out of the Gulf of Alaska and stalling over the state. The latest storm is expected to dump up to 20 inches or more of snow in the Lake Tahoe area and bring wind gusts up to 55 mph.

The southern part of the state was hit hard earlier in the week by the storms, knocking out power to 140,000 customers in five counties. A tornado hit the Los Angeles suburbs of Inglewood and Ladera Heights, but no one was injured. In San Diego County, high winds snapped off the top of KSON radio tower in National City.

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