weathervane.jpgSome morning commuters today were treated to the sight of puffy gray clouds lined with pink from the rising sun–and forecasters say those clouds will likely bring rain to the Bay Area this week.

Skies are expected to begin clouding over today, and light winds will increase to 10 to 20 mph tonight and up to 30 mph by early Wednesday, National Weather Service forecaster Diana Henderson said.

There is a 60 percent chance of rain on Wednesday, and Henderson said the North Bay could see up to three-quarters of an inch of rain this week, with the rest of the Bay Area getting less.

Temperatures are expected to be chilly, and peaks above 3,000 feet, including Mt. Hamilton and Mt. Diablo, could see a light dusting of snow, she said.

Henderson said there is about a 50 percent chance of rain on Thursday, but that the weekend will bring clear skies and higher temperatures, possibly reaching 70 degrees in some areas.

“Right now it’s looking like it’s going to be a bit of a dryout,” she said of Saturday and Sunday.

In the Sierra, Tahoe could see up to a foot and a half of snow by Wednesday, Henderson said.

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