Series of Storms to Bring Rain to Bay Area Starting Wednesday

February 24, 2014 · 12 comments

A series of storms is expected to bring much-needed rain to the Bay Area starting on Wednesday, a National Weather Service forecaster said today.

A ridge of high-pressure over the Pacific Ocean that has been keeping rain to the north of California is expected to break down by
mid-week, opening a window for storms to impact the region through the weekend, forecaster Diana Henderson said.

The first storm is expected reach the Bay Area on Wednesday afternoon and could bring a half-inch to an inch of rain, Henderson said.

Periods of moderate to heavy rainfall are likely to reduce visibility on roadways and cause areas of localized flooding, according to
the weather service.

A second storm, which is expected to hit the region on Friday and Saturday, could bring another inch of rain, Henderson said.

Gusty winds are expected to accompany the second system, possibly toppling trees and power lines, she said.

Although the entire region is forecast to receive rain, drought conditions will persist throughout the state, Henderson said.

“It won’t end the drought by any means, but it certainly helps,” she said.

1 Dorothy February 24, 2014 at 8:30 AM

Hooray for the rain dancers!

2 ummmm February 24, 2014 at 9:08 AM

Don’t think it’s the rain dancers! Several people on my street were out washing their cars yesterday. Am quite sure that THAT is what’s bringing the rain!!!!!

3 Silva February 24, 2014 at 9:29 AM

Halleluya!!!

4 Suburban Dad February 24, 2014 at 9:50 AM

I consider washing my car to be a rain dance in itself, and yes, I washed my car Saturday.

5 anon February 24, 2014 at 9:53 AM

Let it rain cats and dogs.

6 ClayDen February 24, 2014 at 10:51 AM

@anon

Agree; just watch out for the poodles.

7 @anon #5 February 24, 2014 at 10:55 AM

So, you’re discriminating against frogs, toads, salamanders and panda bears? ;)

8 ConcordMike February 24, 2014 at 10:57 AM

How true about washing your car. Almost never fails to rain if you wash your car.
One news channel said some wind with the first storm as well, but mostly on Friday with gusts. Rain through Sunday so far.

9 Monday, Monday February 24, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Concord Mike, I don’t think it “never fails to rain if you wash your car.” You just notice it more……because you just washed your car.

I can wash my car right now, and it’s not going to rain this afternoon. It’s forecast for 74 degrees…….

10 macawlady February 24, 2014 at 12:29 PM

Bring it on. It’s much needed.
Guess I’ll go outside and enjoy the sun while I can. 74 degrees? Wonderful!

11 annon February 24, 2014 at 5:43 PM

I’ll be sure to bring my handycam to work. That first rain 2 or 3 weeks ago really took Hwy 4 (concord) out of commission, as well as 242 and 680.

12 Christian February 25, 2014 at 6:03 PM

Yay for rain!

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