SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — Light rain is expected to begin falling around the Bay Area late in the day on Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. The rain is the result of a weak frontal boundary.

“We have a nice day ahead of us but our late night and overnight hours will be dominated by a shower passing through the bay area from north to south,” said KRON4 Meteorologist Kyla Grogan. “The good news here is that the bulk of these showers will be rolling through while most people are sleeping so the impact should be minimal.” 

“Having said that, after about 10 p.m. in the North Bay, if you are on the roads you’ll want to be prepared for some slick roadways as the rain moves in,” Grogan added.

Graphic: Kyla Grogan

Rain is expected to spread southward on Friday as the boundary moves through the Bay Area and dissipates over the Central Coast. Light showers are expected overnight and could linger into Friday morning, according to KRON4 Meteorologist John Shrable. Skies are expected to dry out by mid-day Friday with dry conditions expected throughout the weekend for most areas.

Some lingering showers could stretch into Saturday, according to the NWS. Wet roadways could lead to a slower Friday morning commute with localized ponding of water.

“Rush hour Friday could also be impacted,” Grogan said. “By about 7 a.m., we should see just light showers as this system wraps up, but of course, that timing mean it will have an effect on daily commuters.” 

Graphic: Kyla Grogan

Easter weekend weather outlook

The good news is that once we get into the weekend, we should be in for clearer skies and warmer weather.

“Once we get into our day on Friday, we should see some clearing and warming setting us up for a good holiday weekend,” said Grogan. “In fact, Easter Sunday, it’s possible that inland spots will hit the low 70s and some upper 60s around the bay.” 

While rain in the Bay Area often means snow in higher elevations, that’s not likely to be the case this weekend, according to Grogan.

“This is a warm system,” Grogan explained, “so snow levels will likely be above 5,000 feet keeping all but the highest peaks from receiving any snow showers.”