Storm brings Bay Area much-needed rain, Sierra snow

Storm brings Bay Area much-needed rain, Sierra snow

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — Storm clouds rolled over the Bay Area early Thursday morning and will linger into Friday morning.

The National Weather Service says the downpour will be heaviest in the North Bay and along Coastal Mountains.

“Much of the North Bay should see totals ranging 0.5″ to almost an inch in the valleys while North Bay Mountains could see up to 1.5,” NWS predicts. “Moving southward, the SF Metro area will see around 0.3″ to 0.4″ including South and East Bay.”

Rain will become more widespread across the Bay Area through sunrise. After sunrise, rain will extend south and inland through the morning, afternoon and evening, weather service officials said.

The weather service described the rain as beneficial because it will be light enough that it won’t trigger debris flows in areas scarred by last year’s wildfires.

Some areas could see heavy rain. The weather system will also bring southerly wind gusts of 25 to 35 mph to Bay Area hills and along the coast. In the highest elevations, gusts may exceed 45 mph.

Storm brings Bay Area much-needed rain, Sierra snow

Meanwhile, the Sierra Nevada will be under a Winter Storm Watch for Thursday and Friday, with snowfall likely impacting mountain travel.

The NWS says by the weekend, the rain will have disappeared, making for dry days into next week and even a little summer weather tease coming up.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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