Sierra travel remains ‘difficult to impossible’ as storm in Bay Area fades though cold remains

Roads remain closed and conditions dangerous as a winter storm that slammed the Sierra continued Sunday, with low temperatures and freeze watches on tap for the Bay Area this week, even as the worst of the region’s rain and wind subsided.

Bay Area rain showers and isolated thunderstorms were expected into Sunday night, forecasters said, although not with the same intensity as Saturday’s storm.

The National Weather Service predicted rain totals across the region of a quarter of an inch to an inch for most regions. Some areas Saturday saw more than an inch. Morgan Hill reported some of the heaviest rainfall in the Bay Area over a 24-hour period ending at 5 p.m.: 2.83 inches.

Snow and ice on Mount Hamilton’s Highway 130 (Mount Hamilton Road) caused the California Highway Patrol to close the road at the mountain in Santa Clara County at midday Sunday. It was still closed Sunday evening, with no estimated time to reopen.

Twitter users reported brief hail to the weather authority Sunday morning in southern San Jose, Los Gatos and Santa Cruz.