Rain Falls as Surf Rises

Radar loops will remain active and green all day Wednesday

By Lori Preuitt
|  Wednesday, Dec 8, 2010  |  Updated 11:15 AM PDT
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Expect rain off and on throughout the day with rain totals in the 1Bay Area. We should transition from rain to scattered showers and sunny breaks from Thursday afternoon into Friday - with most of the rain for the end of the week falling north of San Francisco. The weekend will see drying and warming for most - except for our North Bay and East Bay valleys were fog may foil your warmup. As high pressure builds in with light winds and moist soil due to recent rain - this is usually a good recipe for radiation fog forming - and many times it will linger for our inland valleys as the sun angle this time of year is pretty shallow and our hours of daylight are the shortest of the year. - Rob Mayeda" />

Rob Mayeda

Expect rain off and on throughout the day with rain totals in the 1"-2" range for the North Bay and amounts generally in the .50" to 1" range between now and Thursday morning for the rest of the Bay Area. We should transition from rain to scattered showers and sunny breaks from Thursday afternoon into Friday - with most of the rain for the end of the week falling north of San Francisco. The weekend will see drying and warming for most - except for our North Bay and East Bay valleys were fog may foil your warmup. As high pressure builds in with light winds and moist soil due to recent rain - this is usually a good recipe for radiation fog forming - and many times it will linger for our inland valleys as the sun angle this time of year is pretty shallow and our hours of daylight are the shortest of the year. - Rob Mayeda

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Hopefully this was not the day you took off in December to do all of your Christmas shopping.

As forecast, it is avery wet Wednesday around the Bay Area.

Tonight, the rain will remain across the region and it will cold with lows dipping into the 40s.

NBC Bay Area meteorologist Rob Mayeda calls it a "decent soggy system" and says 24 hour totals will likely range from half an inch in the South Bay to 3-plus inches in the North Bay and the Santa Cruz mountains.

It might be enough rain to cause some nuisance flooding from leaf-clogged drains. 

The rain gauge shows we need this with the Bay Area below average so far to date.

The weather system is also stirring up the surf. Waves will start reaching the 10-15 foot range by early Thursday. It's not enough to be Mavericks-worthy, but still enough for regular surfers and sea-watchers alike.
 
More showers are possible Thursday and Friday, but the really good news is that the weekend looks not only warm, but dry.

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