SAN FRANCISCO — A little rain on Tuesday and Wednesday will be enough to clear a big swath of the Sierra Nevada snowpack, according to the National Weather Service.
That means the rainy season will begin in the Bay Area on Wednesday with heavy snow and then move west, bringing snow and rain to much of the state, from San Francisco to Sacramento.
“We’re not going to see much precipitation for a lot of people, even if we have a little bit of rain,” weather service meteorologist Rob Anderson said.
The weather service said the storm could bring up to 10 inches of snow and up to 5 inches of rain to the Sierra.
As a result, temperatures in the region could drop into the upper 40s to low 60s, with a chance of rain.
In San Francisco, temperatures could drop to the mid-70s to lower 80s.
In the coastal city of San Jose, temperatures would reach the mid 40s with a slight chance of showers.
There were some sunny patches and sunny skies over the San Joaquin Valley and Santa Cruz Mountains, with some showers reported from the city of El Cajon in San Diego County.
And the skies in the San Francisco Bay area could be cloudy, with isolated showers possible.
The San Francisco forecast also includes a chance for rain in the Central Valley, with the chance of gusty winds.
The weather forecast was issued on Monday night.
The agency expects the next forecast to be issued Wednesday morning.