Bay Area will likely double average monthly rainfall in 48 hours

Bay Area

Keep your umbrellas handy and get ready for a “winter-like storm system” that will begin impacting the Bay Area Tuesday night. 

According to the National Weather Service, those in the North Bay can expect to see some showers tonight, with coverage and intensity increasing Wednesday and Wednesday evening. 

The Wednesday morning commute will see some light rain, with on and off showers continuing into the early afternoon. 

Heavier rain moves in after 4 p.m. and the evening commute will see the biggest impact with moderate to heavy rain continuing into the evening. 

Scattered thunderstorms will be possible Thursday, with some areas seeing small hail. 

Wind gusts are expected to range from 25 to 40 mph, mainly in the hills between Wednesday and Wednesday night. 

Wet and slick roads are expected, along with ponding of water on roadways. 

Most of the Bay will see about an inch to an inch and a half of rain, with the heaviest expected in Santa Rosa, where more than two inches is expected. 

KRON4 meteorologist John Shrable says just this 48-hour period will double our average monthly rainfall in May in some cases, which usually tallies around half an inch for the entire month. 

>> Track the storm with KRON4’s Interactive Radar. 

Here are the anticipated rain totals: 

North Bay: Anywhere from 1.5-2.5″

Peninsula: 1-1.5″

East Bay: .75-1.5″

South Bay: .75-1″

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