Rain — and a cold front — descending on Bay Area

Nov. 17, 2020 

The San Francisco skyline is seen covered in dark clouds during a rainstorm at Treasure Island on Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020 in San Francisco, California. A cold front bringing light to moderate rains is still expected to sweep over the Bay Area Nov. 17, with San Francisco on tap to receive up to half an inch of precipitation beginning in the afternoon.

Photo: Gabrielle Lurie / The Chronicle
Drenching rains charted a wet course over the Bay Area Tuesday, giving rise to hopes that Northern California’s wildfire season may soon be over.

Stray showers were expected to linger into Wednesday before sweeping south to Big Sur and the Santa Lucia mountains, according to the National Weather Service.

The skies broke open shortly after sunrise Tuesday in coastal Sonoma County and near Cloverdale, and just after 11 a.m. in San Francisco. The front arrived slightly later than anticipated, but otherwise tracked meteorologists’ forecasts with about a half an inch of rain recorded in the North Bay and between one and two inches in the region’s hills and mountain ranges.

 Meteorologists said elevated areas as the Mount Tamalpais in Marin County and the Santa Cruz mountains could see above two inches of rain by the time the system moves on Wednesday, a welcome relief after a brutal wildfire season.

North-blowing winds up to 30 mph gained strength and shifted direction as the front swirled overhead, but no major damage was reported. Winds were strongest in Napa, San Jose and other areas oriented on the north-south axis, meteorologists said.

Officials in Napa County urged the public to take precautions when driving in the first major rains of the year.

“We encourage people to slow down and be careful of oily pavement,” said Henry Wofford, spokesman for the Napa County sheriff’s office, which had no reports of mudslides or rain-related traffic accidents as of Tuesday afternoon.

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1 week ago

The way you wrote that sounded like you are an expert weather person….You are so good at what you write here…Thank you for sharing.

1 week ago

@jaythesmartone Thanks Jodie but I didn’t write that.  It’s an article from the San Francisco Chronicle by Nora Mishanec.

1 week ago

Yep. The big rain catchment cube thing Em had installed on the side of the house is 1/4 full! Just from runoff for half of the roof!

5 days ago

@bonnierose Rain catchment cube.  What a concept!  Went & looked on Amazon & there are a few absolutely reasonable ones.  Think I’ll invest on at least one — such a brilliant idea!  Em is so smart!

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1 week ago

I wish we would get some rain here in Phoenix. It’s been months since we had rain and we’re in a severe drought. I do love that photo taken by Gabrielle Lurie.