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Bay Area rain: How potent are this week’s storms?

It might not be the March Miracle weather scientists say is needed to make up this winter’s massive precipitation deficits across the state, but this month is shaping up to be wetter than normal across Northern California.
The first in a series of storms began making its way across the Bay Area on Monday night, with periods of moderate rain expected Tuesday morning, according to Will Pi, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Monterey.
As of 4 a.m. Tuesday, early rainfall totals in most Bay Area cities range between .10 and .40 inches, including Palo Alto .36 inches, San Rafael .31 and San Francisco .27 inches. The wettest location so far is Ben Lomond, at 1.62 inches.
Rainfall “won’t be heavy at any time, just periods of moderate rain,” especially Tuesday morning and again sometime around Thursday night, Pi said.
Showers are expected through Wednesday afternoon, with a short reprieve expected Wednesday. A second round of rain is expected to begin Thursday night.
By Saturday, most Bay Area cities are expected to record between 1 and 1.5 inches of rain, according to the weather service. Meteorologists with the weather service said the Bay Area could receive another round of rain next week.

Forecast rainfall amounts from 5 AM Tuesday through Saturday. #CAwx
— NWS Bay Area (@NWSBayArea) March 13, 2018

In the Sierra Nevada, periods of heavy snow are expected through Saturday morning. Major snowstorms in late February boosted the overall snowpack in the Sierra Nevada Range from 22 to 38 percent percent of the historic average
The late-season storms are 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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