Bay Area’s wet weather starts heavy, expected to continue


Rain hit the Bay Area hard early Tuesday morning, and little is expected to change for most of the week.

“A cold front is moving across the region this morning,” said Roger Gass of the National Weather Service in Monterey. “It’s producing rainfall that will likely impact the morning commute.”

Showers will continue into Tuesday night, Gass said, and San Francisco, Oakland and the South Bay can expect half an inch to 0.67 inches in the next 24 hours — on top of an already substantial rainfall.

“In the last 12 hours, we got a quarter-inch in downtown San Francisco,” Gass said.

The North Bay will likely see a bit more: Gass said that valley locations could see closer to 0.75 inches, and the mountains could see more than an inch.

“With this cold front passing through, we could see some breezy to gusty winds,” Gass said, though he added that the winds would be weaker than previous storms this winter.

Temperatures in San Francisco are expected to hover around 59 degrees on Tuesday, and closer to 60 in Oakland, San Jose and the North Bay.

Wednesday’s temperatures are expected to drop into the mid-50s across the region and remain steady the rest of the week.

Some regions could receive a reprieve from the unsettled weather, but that likely won’t last.

“There might be a break in precipitation during the day Wednesday,” Gass said, but it will likely pick up again in the evening. On Thursday, another storm system is expected to move in from the north, bringing heavier rains.

Sophie Haigney is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: Twitter: @SophieHaigney

2018-03-13 13:45:16

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