Big storm slows morning commute in Bay Area

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Around San Francisco Bay, a powerful winter storm has prompted an urban and small stream flood warning as rain in excess of a half-inch an hour moved in.

Wet roadways and crashes slowed the morning commute, and there were isolated power outages.

In San Jose, a driver had to abandon his vehicle after attempting to drive through a flooded street and becoming stranded, police said. The driver was not hurt.

Some arriving flights at San Francisco International Airport were delayed by more than four hours, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

The state Department of Water Resources took a new survey of the Sierra Nevada snowpack on Thursday and found the water content at only 24 percent of average for the date.