Nature appears to finally be kicking open the storm door, with winter storms expected to begin on Wednesday and to continue over much of the next two weeks in the Bay Area, according to the National Weather Service and the Weather Channel.
In Palo Alto, Wednesday morning will be partly cloudy with rain coming in by late afternoon and evening. There is a 50 percent chance of showers by early evening, which are expected to turn to a 70 percent chance of rain by 11 p.m. and increase to a 95 percent chance by 4 a.m. Southeast winds are estimated at 13 mph.
Rain is expected to continue through the Thursday morning commute and increase through late Thursday night.
Both Wednesday and Thursday are expected to see about 0.25 inches of rain each day. More rain is expected throughout the day and night on Friday. Saturday is also expected to bring up to 0.25 inches of rain but will clear at night.
Temperatures are also expected to drop in the Bay Area, according to the National Weather Service. The chilliest temperatures are expected to arrive on Tuesday night and will linger into Wednesday morning, weather service officials said.
Temperatures throughout the region Wednesday morning are forecast to range from the low 30s and low 40s. The cold weather may cause patchy frost in some areas, possibly resulting in slick roadways, according to the weather service.
A new round of storms is also forecasted to begin in Palo Alto on Tuesday, Dec. 13, lasting for several days.