Flood warnings for Napa, Russian Rivers cancelled

- The flood warning for the Napa and Russian rivers in the North Bay was canceled this afternoon, National Weather Service officials said.The warning was canceled at 12:21 p.m.

The cancellation means the rivers will not exceed flood stage and the portions of Napa and Guerneville that were expected to flood will not.

Less rain fell than forecasted, meteorologist Charles Bell said.

"It was changed to be quite a bit lower," he said.

The Napa River near St. Helena was expected to crest today at 2 p.m. at 11.5 feet and flooding doesn't occur until the water reaches 16 feet.

On the Russian River near Guerneville, water was expected to crest today at 2 p.m. at about 26 feet. Flooding occurs when the water reaches 32 feet, weather service officials said.

At 11 a.m. the water level was 25.1 feet.

Still, the Mark West Creek in Sonoma County may exceed its banks. The creek connects to the Russian River near the Mirabel RV Park & Campground in Forestville, an unincorporated community in Sonoma County.

The rain has also caused a landslide that is blocking Occidental Road at Green Hill Road in unincorporated Sonoma County, between the unincorporated communities of Occidental and Graton.     

Bell said with all the rain Thursday and today, a chance for rockslides, mudslides and landslides still exists and these can take down trees.

A flash flood watch is still in effect for Napa, Sonoma and Marin counties until 6 p.m. Sunday.

A wind advisory is in effect for the South Bay through Monterey County until 6 p.m. this evening.

Bell said a chance of lighter rain exists this evening and tonight for the Bay Area and then another round of heavier rain will come into the area Saturday.

The rain will persist for most of the day and Sunday will bring some more.

Light rain will fall on Monday and then much dryer air will come into the area on Tuesday. Temperatures next week will rise, too, Bell said. 

Today through Monday, anywhere between three quarters and an inch of rain will fall where most of the people live in the Bay Area. 

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