Winds were picking up around the North Bay on Wednesday morning as a much anticipated series of rainstorms hit Northern California, dropping nearly three-quarters of an inch of rain in Cloverdale by 8 a.m. and sending motorists sliding every which way as the commute hour got under way.
Highway 121 near Sonoma bore the brunt of the vehicle crash action Wednesday morning, with five accidents reported between about 5:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m., all of them apparently non-injury, the CHP said. A bakery delivery truck and a fire truck were among those involved the collisions, authorities said.
There were also "A lot of solo spinouts - people just driving too fast, unfortunately," CHP Officer Jack Ramos said.
A four-car collision also was reported on southbound Highway 101 in northern Santa Rosa shortly before 8 a.m., leaving wreckage across the roadway, though there were no reports of injuries.
On northbound 101 on the Cotati Grade, a car spun off the road around 7:30 a.m.