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First Storm of the Season Arrives

First Storm of the Season Arrives

The first big rain event of the season has arrived and according to the National Weather Service (NWS), this weather system is expected to bring wind gusts as high as 21 mph and a half to three-quarters of an inch of rain. The NWS forecasts the rain to continue until about 10 a.m. on Tuesday, with a chance of showers until Tuesday evening. Our region is expected to get a total of 1.4 inches of rain in the next 48 hours. 

The Palo Alto Public Works Department will be closely monitoring conditions for the next 24 hours. Additional staff will be placed on call in Urban Forestry. You can view the local Palo Alto forecast from the National Weather Service here.

The City has sandbag stations set up at both Rinconada Park and Mitchell Park. Filled sandbags remain available while supplies last.

You can monitor Palo Alto’s Creek levels here.

West Bayshore Road at San Francisquito Creek

The West Bayshore Road creek level sensor remains non-operational until Caltrans completes structural work related to the bridge railing. Once this work is completed, the City's engineering team will have a contractor install the new creek sensor. A temporary camera has been installed to allow the community to view creek levels. The JPA Creek Monitoring system remains operational during this time.

Report Problems 

Blocked storm drains, slides and fallen trees, call the Public Works after hours line: 

 (650) 329-2413

Power Outages/Electrical Problems

Call Palo Alto Electrical Operations: 

 (650) 496-6914 

The City encourages residents to stay aware of local conditions and to access updated information on creek levels, weather forecasts and more at

Last Updated: January 7, 2018