Lots More Rain, Snow in the Forecast

Storms are supposed to arrive late Thursday and Saturday.

By Lori Preuitt
|  Wednesday, Mar 14, 2012  |  Updated 1:27 PM PDT
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NBC Bay Area Meteorologist Christina Loren has your Bay Area forecast.

NBC Bay Area Meteorologist Christina Loren has your Bay Area forecast.

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Keep those galoshes and umbrellas handy everybody, there is a lot more rain headed our way.

The first in a series of storms cleared out of the Bay Area Wednesday, but there are two more powerful storms stacked up off the coast.

The rain comes on the final week of winter and is expected to do a lot for what has been a last-luster season.

The rainfall totals are quite impressive north of the Golden Gate and in the Santa Cruz mountains. They also show the first system pretty much bypassed San Jose and the Sunol Valley.

Totals as of Wednesday:

  • Marin County 7.41
  • Santa Cruz Mountains 8.17
  • San Francisco 1.28
  • Oakland 1.44
  • Los Altos .42
  • San Jose .02
  • Dublin .14

The next storm is scheduled to hit late Thursday into Friday and will impact the entire Bay Area.

Saturday, a third system is expected to hit which will bring more rain and low snow levels to Bay Area peaks. Saturday's storm will be very cold and bring in unstable air which means isolated thunderstorms and hail are a good possibility, according to the NBC Bay Area weather department.

Each storm is expected to bring between and .5 and 1 inch more rain.

Wednesday's rain caused lots of traffic troubles on the roadways. Highway 12 was closed due to flooding in Sonoma County. It is not expected to reopen until late tonight.

Air travelers also faced a second day of big delays and some cancellations at SFO.

There were also several reports of downed trees in the North Bay. At least two of them landed on homes. No one was hurt.

Wet roads are also being blamed for the death of a 21-year-old Ben Lomond man after his car  went off a rain-slicked roadway in the Santa Cruz Mountains and struck a tree. The victim, whose name has not yet been released, was taken to  Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz, where he succumbed to his injuries, according to Bay City News.

And finally in the Sierra, they expect to measure snow total not in inches but in feet by this weekend. Most areas report getting several inches of snow overnight with lots more snow headed to the Tahoe slopes through Saturday.

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