Low clouds with some drizzle are starting the day with gradually clearing skies approaching noon. Patchy low clouds should linger closer to the coastline and San Francisco as highs range mainly in the lower to mid 60s around the Bay with some upper 60s to near 70 still possible inland.Monday may seem temps climb a couple more degrees inland as high pressure briefly ramps up ahead of our first storm arriving late on Tuesday. By Wednesday southerly winds should increase to 10-25 mph as rain increases heading into the evening. This system should be a fairly quick mover with some drying expected into Thursday.Friday's system will see a surface low develop off the Sonoma county coastline which usually means a period of gusty winds for us as the rain increases into the afternoon. Wind speeds of 40-50 mph are possible on the higher hills and near the coastline where friction is reduced over water and mountain top locations. Rain totals should be higher into the 2"-4" range for the hills and 1"-2" across the lowlands. Saturday will see rain changing quickly to showers as cooler air aloft rolls in, this could provide the right conditions for some thundershowers at times that could turn briefly strong and bear some watching during the day. As of now, showers should decrease in coverage and intensity by Saturday evening into Sunday.- Rob Mayeda (Published Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014)
A series of storms is expected to bring much-needed rain to the Bay Area starting on Wednesday, a National Weather Service forecaster said Sunday.
A ridge of high-pressure over the Pacific Ocean that has been keeping rain to the north of California is expected to break down by mid-week, opening a window for storms to impact the region through the
weekend, forecaster Diana Henderson said.
The first storm is expected reach the Bay Area on Wednesday afternoon and could bring a half-inch to an inch of rain, Henderson said.
Periods of moderate to heavy rainfall are likely to reduce visibility on roadways and cause areas of localized flooding, according to the weather service.
A second storm, which is expected to hit the region on Friday and Saturday, could bring another inch of rain, Henderson said.
Gusty winds are expected to accompany the second system, possibly toppling trees and power lines, she said.
Although the entire region is forecast to receive rain, drought conditions will persist throughout the state, Henderson said.
"It won't end the drought by any means, but it certainly helps," she said.
Published at 5:14 PM PDT on Feb 23, 2014
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