Two storms heading to Bay Area

Wet weather forecast to start Thursday morning, with second storm arriving late Friday

Drivers should plan for a wet commute on Thursday morning, as another dose of much-needed rain is expected to hit the Bay Area beginning tonight, a National Weather Service forecaster said today.

Light rainfall is expected to start between 8 p.m. and midnight, with heavier rain forecast during the morning commute hour on Thursday, forecaster Bob Benjamin said today.

The storm, a fast-moving system that will travel from north to south, is expected to bring anywhere from 1 to 3 inches of rain to the North Bay and a half-inch or more to San Francisco, the East Bay and the Peninsula, before moving south to Santa Clara County and the Monterey area by Thursday afternoon, Benjamin said.

And the storm is only the first of two heading our way, Benjamin said.

The skies will clear sometime Friday, providing a brief respite.

However, another system will then move in by late Friday or early Saturday, and will linger through Sunday.

"It looks like periods of heavy rain are quite possible through the weekend as early as late Friday and then tapering off on Monday," Benjamin said.

Looking farther out, Benjamin said it appears that there will be clear skies early next week, but there is some chance of additional storms around Valentine's Day and the Presidents Day weekend.

But at the moment, it appears that those rains, if they materialize, will largely be concentrated further north in California.

While this week's storms won't bring the region back up to its average rain levels for this time of year, "it's a step in the right direction," Benjamin said.

"I wouldn't say it's a drought buster, but these are the steps we need to take," he said.

— Bay City News Service


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Posted by Susan
a resident of Castro City
on Feb 5, 2014 at 2:11 pm

Since we have not had rain in a long time and trees are still losing their leaves, please look in the street near your house and see if the drains at the curb are or will get clogged when rain starts to fall.

If you can, rake the debris about 2 feet into the street, watch for cars, and the water will flow behind the stuff and clog the drains less. The street sweepers cannot get into the areas where cars park and there is a lot of build-up in some areas. I live in a low spot and the intersections flood unless I go out and pull the crud into the street.

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Posted by Wet Feet
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Feb 5, 2014 at 2:19 pm

Good call Susan. We can make a HUGE difference in local flooding on our own streets with some simple awareness:

- Since car tires collect leaves resulting in flooding, leave a bit more space between your sidewall and the curb.
- Also, on trash days, don't snug the bin wheels against the curb. This creates micro dams all up and down the street.

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Posted by vkmo
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Feb 5, 2014 at 3:29 pm

Rain At Last!! It is so welcome here. We need a lot more of it. The Rain Dancers succeeded in bringing on this rain. Hooray!!

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Posted by Brad
a resident of Willowgate
on Feb 5, 2014 at 5:00 pm

And PLEASE move your car off the street on street cleaning days.

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Posted by tommygee54
a resident of Rex Manor
on Feb 5, 2014 at 6:27 pm

About time that high pressure ridge left our area. Last time we had significant rainfall was 14 months ago, in December 2012, when we had over 5 inches of rain in Mountain View that month. Then our dry period began. At any rate, good to see the rain about to fall for the rest of the week.

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