Up to four inches of rain falls upon Bay Area

Many locations in the Bay Area received more than an inch of rain between Thursday and Friday evening, with one location recording four inches, according to the National Weather Service.

Ben Lomond Mountain in Santa Cruz County recorded 4.01 inches between 6 p.m. Thursday and 6 p.m. today, while a gauge along Summit Road in Santa Clara County recorded 3.99 inches during the same period.

Mount Diablo in Contra Costa County received 2.37 inches while the southeast side of Fremont in Alameda County received 1.71 inches.

San Rafael saw 1.02 inches and Mount Saint Helena in Napa County saw 2.09 inches.

Downtown San Francisco received about a half an inch of rain.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Roger Gass said the Bay Area will be dry at least through mid week.

The next storm is expected to move into the North Bay Thursday night and then San Francisco on Friday into Saturday.

Gass said it’s hard to say how much rain the next storm will bring, but the rain will be widespread.

Much of the Bay Area has approached 100 percent of normal precipitation for the water year, which starts Oct. 1 and ends Sept. 30, Gass said.

In January alone, much of the Bay Area is at 180 to 200 percent of normal precipitation. Downtown San Francisco is at 205 percent of normal, Gass said.

That’s good news for alleviating the drought, but “it’s still best to conserve,” he said.