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Wet week ahead as rain returns to Bay Area, snow to Sierra Nevada

Northern California’s rainy season is not quite over.
A series of storms are expected to deliver rain to the Bay Area this week and snow to the Sierra Nevada, with another system slated to possibly bring more precipitation next week, according to the National Weather Service.
The first storm is forecast to impact the North Bay on Monday night, then move south through the entire Bay Area, according to the weather service. Rainfall totals through Wednesday range from 1 to 2 inches in the North Bay to one-quarter of an inch to 1 inch for locations south of the Golden Gate, according to the weather service.

Here are the forecast rainfall amounts through Wednesday. Additional rain is expected Thursday through Saturday.
— NWS Bay Area (@NWSBayArea) March 12, 2018

Along with the rain, breezy conditions are expected, with wind gusts up to 40 mph.
A second system is expected to impact the Bay Area from Thursday to Saturday, with similar rainfall totals, according to the weather service.
In the Sierra Nevada, the first storm could deliver as much as 3 feet of new snow, according to the weather service. Some of the higher terrain may see 7 feet of new snow by the weekend.
The late-season storms not expected to pull Northern California out of its seasonal rainfall deficit. Rainfall totals across Northern California generally range from 50 to 60 percent of normal, including Oakland (58 percent), San Francisco (53 percent) and San Jose (51 percent).
The city in Northern California closest to its seasonal rainfall average is Eureka at 80 percent (24.10 inches of rain).

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