VIDEO: Wet weather brings chance of thunderstorms, hail

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — Scattered showers were slowing the morning commute Tuesday.

Drivers experienced a wet morning commute Tuesday in the San Francisco Bay Area, where several inches of rain is expected before the week’s out.

The system will push snow levels down to 5,000 feet and add to the already stuffed snowpack in the Sierra Nevada.

The wet weather is also bringing a chance of thunderstorms, gusty winds and hail to the region Tuesday afternoon.

We’ll see the same pattern Wednesday morning, according to KRON4 meteorologist James Fletcher.

Isolated showers are expected to move in overnight Tuesday night, tapering off Wednesday afternoon and into Thursday.

Most Bay Area freeways are experiencing major delays due to several minor crashes along with the rain.

FORECAST: KRON4’s Weather Center

Drying conditions will briefly set in Wednesday afternoon into Thursday ahead of another approaching storm.

Friday’s system will likely be the most potent of the week and result in widespread rainfall, stronger southerly winds and a greater potential for flooding.

High temperatures will be in the upper-50s to low-60s in most places with lows expected in the 40s, according to weather service officials.

Unsettled conditions may then continue into early next week.

The precipitation totals ran from one-quarter inch in the least affected areas to more than 3 inches in the mountains around Santa Cruz and in Monterey County, weather service officials said.

A band of heavy rain soaked the Central Coast overnight before moving into Southern California with winds gusting more than 40 mph. The National Weather Service says two inches could fall in Los Angeles-area foothills, where the risk of mudslides is elevated in wildfire burn areas.

The storms will not be as significant as those in January and February, which dropped enough rain and snow to make a dent in the state’s drought.

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