Much Needed Rain Pelts Bay Area

By Lisa Fernandez
|  Thursday, Feb 6, 2014  |  Updated 5:27 PM PDT
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In addition to slick conditions and traffic collisions, the rainy weather caused minor system-wide delays on BART Thursday. Jodi Hernandez reports.

In addition to slick conditions and traffic collisions, the rainy weather caused minor system-wide delays on BART Thursday. Jodi Hernandez reports.

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It's been a long time - way too long - but the rain started coming down in earnest on Thursday, pelting the Bay Area highways and even closing a South Bay offramp for a while because of a clogged storm drain.

As is normal with wet weather, law enforcement asked the public to drive safely and slow down.

A clogged storm drain closed the Bird Avenue offramp at Interstate Highway 280 in San Jose because of about five inches of standing water. Standing water also began puddling up in parts of San Mateo near the bridge.

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And although the exact cause hasn't been determined, a driver in a Porsche lost control of the pricey sports convertible in the rain, crashing near US Highway 101 near Third Street in San Francisco.

And NBC Bay Area's Christina Loren said get ready for more.

The forecast shows five more days of heavy rainfall for the Bay Area.

Most people shouldn't mind.

The rain breaks a long dry spell not only in the Bay Area but in the state of California, which had the driest January in the history of the state.

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