SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — The wet start to November is set to continue this weekend as a front moves in that’s expected to bring rain to the Bay Area and snow to the higher elevations.

KRON4 Meteorologist Kyla Grogan said we have “a soggy weekend ahead as not one, but two systems bring precipitation to the Bay Area.”

When will it start raining?

The rain is due to start falling on Saturday, beginning in the North Bay and making its way down into the rest of the Bay Area.

“The first rain will arrive in the North Bay Saturday morning,” said Grogan. “This will be a smaller system and is likely only to bring .10-.20″ of rain to the North Bay beginning in the morning and likely sprinkles or a few light showers to the rest of the bay later on Saturday.”

“The main even begins Sunday evening,” Grogan added. “Clouds will increase later Sunday afternoon and showers will move in from a low pressure system to the north.”

How much rain will we get?

This weekend’s storm could see us get even more rain than we did from the system that washed over the Bay Area earlier in the week.

“This will be much more widespread and will pack a much bigger punch with totals in our urban areas getting upwards of half an inch,” said Grogan. “It’s conceivable that some valley locations will see more than an inch of rain from this system.”


Graphic: Kyla Grogan

How long will the rain stick around?

Rain is expected to hit on Saturday and could continue off and on, possibly into the middle of next week.

“Saturday through Wednesday, each day has a chance of showers, something we haven’t seen in quite some time,” Grogan said.

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Winter Storm Watch in the Sierra

With the storm bringing rain to much of the Bay Area, snow is also expected in the higher elevations. 

“In addition to the Bay Area rain, the Sierra is bracing for a very impactful snow storm,” Grogan said. “The Sierra is under a Winter Weather Watch beginning Sunday afternoon and continuing thru Tuesday evening. One to three feet of snow are expected and higher elevations above 7,000 feet could see up to four feet of snow.”

The winter weather conditions are also expected to impact travel, leading to possibly dangerous conditions on the roads.

Graphic: Kyla Grogan

“Travel will be difficult to impossible when this storm rolls in so your best bet is to get where you’re going before Sunday evening,” said Grogan. “Wind gusts up to 45 mph will be pervasive and higher peaks and ridges could see wind gusting up to 80 mph.”