Skies have turned gray over the Bay Area, and rainfall is expected for the next few days as a storm system from the Gulf of Alaska passes through the region, a National Weather Service forecaster said.
"The Bay Area might see some light rain and maybe a few splashes of moderate rain throughout the day and into this evening," forecaster Diana Henderson said Monday morning.
The North Bay saw most rainfall Monday, and another system is expected to arrive Tuesday evening.
By Wednesday evening, some parts of the Bay Area will see about half an inch of rain, with slightly more in the hills and in coastal areas, she said.
She pointed out that motorists should slow down, since this is the region's first rain in a while and the roadways will be slick.
"They haven't really had any rain or anything to bring up the muck on the roads," Henderson said.
California Highway Patrol Officer Kevin Bartlett echoed Henderson's advice. "Drive under the speed limit," he said. "Just because the speed limit is 65 or 25, it doesn't mean it's safe to drive that speed."
The CHP is reminding drivers slow down, ensure that windshield wipers are in good condition, and keep headlights turned on.
"It looks like we might get a decent soaking on Wednesday," meteorologist Chris Stumpf said.
The heaviest rain is expected to move through the area early Wednesday and light showers and possible thunderstorms are expected Wednesday afternoon.
—By Bay City News Service