There Goes the Rain

For the first time in weeks, we have ourselves a rain free forecast.

By Lori Preuitt
|  Sunday, Jan 2, 2011  |  Updated 9:15 AM PDT
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An area of low pressure will spin near the <a title=Central Coast today, tossing batches of rain our way...moving south to north by morning and some rain drifting at us more from the southeast by the afternoon. Cooler air aloft and some upper level wind support will warrant a chance for some thunder, especially near the coastline for areas south Pacifica today and San Jose southward. As this low wobbles a little further southward into Southern California on Monday, most of the shower chances should slide southward with it - with lingering chances for showers south of San Jose into midday Monday. Things should trend drier Tuesday and for most of the week as high pressure tries building in which may set us up for some foggy mornings. Hope you had a wonderful New Year's Eve/Day - and here's to a happy/safe 2011 - Rob Mayeda" />

Rob Mayeda

An area of low pressure will spin near the Central Coast today, tossing batches of rain our way...moving south to north by morning and some rain drifting at us more from the southeast by the afternoon. Cooler air aloft and some upper level wind support will warrant a chance for some thunder, especially near the coastline for areas south Pacifica today and San Jose southward. As this low wobbles a little further southward into Southern California on Monday, most of the shower chances should slide southward with it - with lingering chances for showers south of San Jose into midday Monday. Things should trend drier Tuesday and for most of the week as high pressure tries building in which may set us up for some foggy mornings. Hope you had a wonderful New Year's Eve/Day - and here's to a happy/safe 2011 - Rob Mayeda

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It's finally coming to an end Bay Area. The deluge of rain, wind and snow that marked a wild conclusion of 2010 is just about done.

The five day forecast for the first work week of January is rain drop free.

Scattered showers Sunday will move out of the area by Monday with a drying trend taking its place. 

NBC Bay Area meteorologist says the monsterous rainy trend could go out with a bang, as in thunder and lightning.  The best chance for the light show is along the coast, according to Mayeda because of colder air aloft and a decent upper level wind shear near the right side of the low. 

He said hail and ice pellet showers aren't out of the question either with the heavier isolated showers, given that the freezing level is near 3,500/4,000 feet level.

Once we all get back to work, the week will remain on the chilly side with highs only getting into the 50s. And because the ground is so wet, there is a good chance of fog making driving difficult in the morning and evening hours.

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