Under clear blue skies, the San Francisco Bay Area has been bathed in sunshine for the past few days, and these dry conditions are expected to persist through Saturday afternoon. Saturday evening marks the start of another rainstorm that is likely to continue into Wednesday, with a weak cold front and an atmospheric river affecting the coming days. While atmospheric rivers are known to dump heavy rain, the Bay Area may be spared in this upcoming event, with weather models suggesting the system will be focused over Southern California, the National Weather Service said.
The dry weather has been a very welcome break from the rain in the middle of an unusually wet winter. Some clouds moved into the region early Friday but dissipated by late morning. Conditions will remain fair this afternoon, with highs in the 60s — except right near the ocean, where temperatures could stay in the 50s. Saturday afternoon is expected to be even warmer.