weathervane.jpgAnyone in the Bay Area expecting to go outside this weekend should be prepared for wet weather, a National Weather Service meteorologist said.

There is a likelihood of light sprinkles as early as tonight, and the precipitation will be ongoing throughout the weekend, meteorologist Bob Benjamin said.

The rain will become more persistent and consistent on Friday into Saturday, and again Saturday into Sunday, Benjamin said. It will be heavier in the coastal range, he said.

Benjamin said the wettest area will be in the Santa Cruz mountains area, however it isn’t anything major.

“It’s going to be a decent rain,” Benjamin said. “But there won’t be a weather advisory … it’s definitely not a significant storm.”

In the low-lying areas, Benjamin said there will be about a half inch to an inch of rain; in the mountainous areas, there could be an inch and a half to three inches on the ground.
The brunt of the storm will hit the coastal mountain ranges, he said.

Anyone heading up to the Sierra Mountains can expect some snow from incoming cold fronts, meteorologist Zach Tolby said.

Tolby said by Monday, there is expected to be two feet of snow along the Sierra Crest.
In the Lake Tahoe area, there will be a mix of snow and rain, causing for slushy conditions, Tolby said.

“It’ll be relatively light,” Tolby said. “Nothing we’d consider a major winter storm.”

The city of Oakland is preparing for the storm, according to Oakland Public Works.
Sandbags and plastic sheeting will be available for residents to pick up to help protect homes from weather-related damage, according to the city.

Sandbags and plastic sheeting can be picked up at the Municipal Service Center at 7101 Edgewater Drive or the Drainage Division Facility at 5921 Shepherd Canyon Road.

A number of fire stations will also be providing sandbags to residents when inclement weather is forecasted.

In the event of an emergency, or to report storm damage, Oakland residents can call Public Works at (510) 615-5566.

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