SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Forecasters said Sunday they expect more rain for California, but the two water-bearing fronts approaching the region aren’t packing the wallop delivered by a major storm last week.
National Weather Service forecaster Bob Benjamin said he expects a storm to drop between an inch and two inches of rain Sunday night through Monday morning in the San Francisco Bay and Sacramento regions.
“The main event is going to be in the early morning hours,” Benjamin said from the weather service’s Monterey office. The Bay Area morning commute Monday morning may be a wet one, he said.
The weather this week will be “unsettled” and wet, Benjamin said.
The storm will slowly make its way to Southern California, but it will dump less rain in the Los Angeles region, he said.
A second weather front is also making its way to the Bay Area, and there will likely be more rain on Wednesday in the region, Benjamin said. Southern California may experience more rain on Thursday.
The Sierra Nevada is expected to receive a dusting of snow Sunday night and Monday morning of a few inches at elevation above about 5,000 feet, a height that includes most ski resorts, said Eric Kurth, a meteorologist in the weather service’s Sacramento office.
The two fronts won’t be nearly as powerful of the storm that dumped a much as 8 inches of rain in parts of Northern California last week and up to 6 feet of snow in the high elevations of the Sierra Nevada, the National Weather Service said.
More storms are needed to pull the state of its severe drought, but Kurth said the latest storm helped to push the Sierra Nevada snow pack to nearly 6 feet. It was less than 2-feet deep this time last year, Kurth said.