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Small rainstorm expected to hit Bay Area midweek

One-third of an inch, at most, anticipated; 'just enough to water some lawns,' forecaster says

Much-needed rain will be arriving in the Bay Area this week, but a forecaster said Monday that it won't be enough to quell the region's drought worries.

"It doesn't look like it's going to be a lot of rain," National Weather Service meteorologist Christine Riley said.

There will be about a quarter- to one-third of an inch of rainfall between Wednesday evening and Thursday morning, she said. The North Bay and higher-elevation areas may see up to a half-inch of precipitation.

Lingering showers may keep minimal amounts of the wet stuff in the area into Friday, she added.

"It's not going to make any difference at all," Riley said, referring to the statewide drought declared by Gov. Jerry Brown earlier this month. "It's just enough to water some lawns."

Riley warned that built-up oil on roadways could make for slick and dangerous driving conditions once the rainy weather arrives.

Otherwise, she said, "it's just a really, really weak winter storm" with no strong winds in the forecast.

The storm is heading in from the Aleutian Islands and moving southeast toward the California coast.

This weekend is expected to be dry again with no sight of rain into next week, according to Riley.

She said that later Monday, the storm system "is going to brush Northern California" and may drop "a couple little sprinkles" on the North Bay Monday afternoon, but that is unlikely.

The Bay Area has been warmer than usual this month, but temperatures are expected to drop to normal late-January temperatures between the low 50s and mid-60s, she said.

— Bay City News Service

Comments

Posted by Julia, a resident of Alamo
on Jan 28, 2014 at 10:12 am

I can not believe the way some of you people report things...What a stupid headline comment. "A small rainstorm". What you meant to say was light rain is expected Wednesday and Thursday... Do a little research about the word rainstorm...

I know the Danville Express did not create this article...it mostly was copied from some other source.

Thanks for listening, Julia Pardini from Alamo.

PS...should I get the sand bags out for the rainstorm???


Posted by ancient mariner, a resident of Blackhawk
on Jan 29, 2014 at 8:12 am

Have you never heard of jumbo shrimp?


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