Rain expected as early as today, heaviest amount on Saturday

Week's warm, dry weather giving way to showers with storms moving through area Sunday

Pleasanton and the Bay area are in for some wet

weather beginning today that may last through Monday.

A National Weather Service forecaster said this week's warm and dry weather will give way to a 50% chance of showers later today. The percentage increases to 60 to 90% for Saturday and

another storm may move through the area Sunday.

"It's going to be pretty much on the unsettled side the next few days," weather forecaster Diana Henderson said.

Saturday's storm is forecast to be the strongest, with widespread moderate to heavy rainfall and strong southerly winds.

During the next seven days, 1.65 inches of rain is expected in San Francisco, 1.64 inches is forecast for San Jose and 3.13 inches is forecast in Napa.

The rain on Friday will lead to longer than normal commute times and strong winds could lead to downed trees and power outages, according to

the weather service. Urban and small stream flooding is also possible.

Henderson said the El Nino weather pattern, characterized by warmer ocean temperatures that led to large storms, is still delivering rain

and a chance still exists that the region could exceed the average amount of rainfall this season. However, so far the total is below average for at least some areas.

The total at San Francisco International Airport is 71% of normal, while at Mineta San Jose International Airport, the total is at 81% of normal, according to Henderson.

Keith Burbank, Bay City News

— Bay City News Service

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