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Fall storm brings rain, snow

Another system arriving mid-week, forecaster says
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A storm front moving across Northern California was causing delays and inconveniences across the region. The National Weather Service said the front would bring periods of heavy rain to the San Francisco Bay Area throughout Sunday, as well as gusty winds. Up to two inches of rain was expected in the mountains north of San Francisco before the storm tapered off in the evening. In Auburn, a gauge at Regional Park recorded .4 inches of rain by late afternoon Sunday. However, amounts increased at higher elevations, with 1.31 inches of rain at 1,300 feet and 1.52 inches at 1,700 feet, according to Brooke Bingaman, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sacramento. Snow levels were expected to drop to 5,000 feet or even lower Sunday night, with as much as 18 inches of accumulation at the highest elevations, Bingaman said. The main front had moved through the area by Sunday evening, with lingering showers and possible thunderstorms likely through the night and into today. The forecast includes the possibility of another storm arriving Tuesday into Wednesday. “It could bring decent rainfall amount, but most of the precipitation will be in higher terrain, with snow levels down to 4,000 to 5,000 feet,” Bingaman said. “After that, we’re looking at a dry trend through the rest of the week.” Locally, the rain caused several accidents, a few with minor injuries, according to Sgt Jay Van Dyck at the California Highway Patrol office in Newcastle. A jackknifed horsetrailer blocked lanes for a short time on westbound Interstate 80 at Penryn. The incident happened at around 12:30 p.m. Sunday and was caused by slippery conditions, he said. The winds prompted the CHP to issue a wind advisory for the San Mateo-Hayward, Benicia, and Bay bridges. The CHP was also reporting standing water on area freeways . At San Francisco International Airport, there were delays of 30 to 60 minutes because of the weather. Also in San Francisco, two Municipal Railway lines were disrupted by downed power lines Sunday morning, affecting service for about two hours. But Muni spokesman Paul Rose said it wasn’t clear what brought down the lines. Gloria Young contributed to this story storm,