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Bay Area mops up after record-setting storm pummels the region with rain, flooding

The new year got off to a sunny, dry start after a record-breaking “atmospheric river” storm ravaged the Bay Area on Saturday – closing roads, trapping drivers, evacuating businesses and overwhelming local creeks.

Sunday’s weather is expected to remain 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 rain on Saturday, just shy of making the all-time record at 0.08 inches. The storm was responsible for nearly half of all December precipitation.

Oakland was drenched with 4.75 inches of rain in 24 hours, beating the previous record set on January 4, 1982 by just 0.01.

All lanes on Highway 101 near Oyster Point in South San Francisco reopened at 9 p.m. Saturday, according to the California Highway Patrol. Traffic was diverted for hours as the Caltrans crew worked to clear the water from the roads.

Some water remained in the East Bay along Whipple Road in Hayward, Redwood Road in Castro Valley and Gleason Drive in Dublin, according to the California Highway Patrol. Caltrans crews were pumping out standing water near Dixon Landing Road in Milpitas through Saturday night.

But the delay will not last long; Light rainfall is expected to begin Monday, with forecasters predicting less than an inch of precipitation. And the next atmospheric river storm is expected to happen Wednesday.

This is an evolving story. Come back for more updates.

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