Posted by on February 15, 2017 7:39 am
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(BANT) – The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for the next several days for portions of Northern California, including the Bay Area.

Rain and clouds will arrive in the North Bay today and continue to develop into Thursday, according to weather officials.

On Thursday, rain and gusty winds will impact the morning commute as a front passes through the region. Another storm will arrive Friday with light to heavy rain throughout the region.

A third storm system is forecast to arrive Sunday evening, bringing rain and wind into Monday, NWS officials said.

NWS officials tweeted this graphic to show what’s headed our way:

The rain is forecast for the next six or seven days in the San Francisco and Monterey bay areas, bringing with it the chance of flooding and mudslides.

Widespread rain is expected to start in the North Bay tonight and slide over the central Bay Area for the Thursday morning commute. Thursday’s system will move quickly through the region ahead of widespread rain on Friday.

Weaker storms are expected to impact the San Francisco and Monterey bay areas into early next week, weather service officials said. The next couple of days of rain are not expected to cause flooding of the region’s rivers.

“No, [we] don’t expect any problems until next week,” National Weather Service meteorologist Steve Anderson said.

Rain totals forecast through Friday include less than an inch of rain in a number of cities including San Francisco, Concord, Santa Cruz and Monterey. The cities in the North Bay expected to get more rain include 1.48 inches forecast in Cloverdale, 1.51 inches in Santa Rosa and 1.2 inches in San Rafael.

Wind gusts of 30 to 40 mph are possible on Thursday, but weather service officials have not issued a wind advisory. The storms could also make beaches dangerous and bring higher seas.

In San Francisco, up to 10 free sandbags are available Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Department of Public Works operation yard at Kansas and Marin streets. Residents must bring proof that they live in the city.

Most home improvement and hardware stores also stock sandbags, San Francisco public works officials said.