The New Year was off to a sunny, dry start after a record-setting “atmospheric river” storm pummeled the Bay Area on Saturday — closing roadways, trapping drivers, evacuating businesses and overwhelming local creeks.

Sunday’s weather is expected to stay calm with high temperatures in the 50s, according to the National Weather Service. A flood watch issued Saturday was lifted.

Downtown San Francisco recorded its second-wettest day in 173 years with 5.46 inches of rainfall Saturday, which was just shy of hitting the all-time record by 0.08 inches. The storm accounted for nearly half of all rainfall in December.

Oakland was soaked with 4.75 inches of rain in 24 hours, beating out the previous record set back on Jan. 4, 1982, by just 0.01.

All lanes on Highway 101 at Oyster Point in South San Francisco reopened by 9 p.m. Saturday, according to the California Highway Patrol. Traffic had been redirected for several hours as Caltrans crews worked to clear the water from the roadways.

In the East Bay, some floodwaters remained along Whipple Road in Hayward, Redwood Road in Castro Valley and Gleason Drive in Dublin, according to the California Highway Patrol. Caltrans crews were working to pump out standing water near Dixon Landing Road in Milpitas through Saturday evening.

But the reprieve won’t last long; modest rainfall is expected to begin Monday, with forecasters predicting less than an inch of precipitation. And the next atmospheric river storm is predicted to hit Wednesday.

This is a developing story. Come back for more updates.


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