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Forecast: Series of storms bringing rain to Bay Area

A series of storms is expected to bring much-needed rain to the Bay Area starting on Wednesday, a National Weather Service forecaster said today.

A ridge of high-pressure over the Pacific Ocean that has been keeping rain to the north of California is expected to break down by mid-week, opening a window for storms to impact the region through the weekend, forecaster Diana Henderson said.

The first storm is expected reach the Bay Area on Wednesday afternoon and could bring a half-inch to an inch of rain, Henderson said.

Periods of moderate to heavy rainfall are likely to reduce visibility on roadways and cause areas of localized flooding, according to the weather service.

A second storm, which is expected to hit the region on Friday and Saturday, could bring another inch of rain, Henderson said.

Gusty winds are expected to accompany the second system, possibly toppling trees and power lines, she said.

Although the entire region is forecast to receive rain, drought conditions will persist throughout the state, Henderson said.

"It won't end the drought by any means, but it certainly helps," she said.

— Bay City News Service

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