Bay Area Opens Storm Drain, Pat Thurston explains

Commuter ML Mann struggles in the wind and rain to make her way to catch a ferry, Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, to San Francisco from Sausalito, Calif. A storm expected to be one of the windiest and rainiest in five years swept across the San Francisco Bay Area on Thursday, knocking out power to thousands and delaying travel by air, train and ferry. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Time to find your raincoat buried in the back of the closet!

Much needed rain is coming to the Bay Area with a series of storms expected to soak the region over the next week. The rain is expected to deliver up to 4 to 5 inches in the North Bay, up to 2 inches in San Francisco and the East Bay and up to an inch in the South Bay. 

“It doesn’t look like there is going to be the kind of substantial rain that is needed to put a dent in the drought…but there will be some benefit from the rain coming.” ABC7’s Spencer Christian told Pat Thurston.

“This is extremely beneficial rainfall,” said Matt Mehle, a forecaster with the weather service. “It’s going to do quite a bit of stuff. First and foremost for parts of California it will probably end fire season. It’s not a huge atmospheric river but it will still be notable for most of the area.

ABC7’s Spencer Christian explains what the rain means for winter weather in the U.S and the Bay Area on The Pat Thurston Show.

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