San Francisco could see its first dry days of the year this weekend ahead of a new storm next week as near-freezing but dry weather was expected to roll into the area overnight, according to the National Weather Service.
Rain has fallen in San Francisco every day since Jan. 1, totaling 5.3 inches of rain so far this month, but that’s far from a record-setting wet January, said Steve Anderson, a meteorologist with the weather service.
The wettest January in San Francisco was in 1862, when The City received 24 inches of rain. So far, this month ranks as the 54th wettest January in The City’s history, though the rain total is on par to meet or exceed last year’s 6.9 inches of rain received in January. In 2015, San Francisco received zero rain in its first month of the year.
The recent rainstorms have also helped propel much of California out of its historic drought. For the first time since Gov. Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency in 2014, just 2.13 percent of the state is in what’s considered an “exceptional drought,” the highest classification for a drought, according to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor report released Thursday.
Still, “that doesn’t mean the Bay Area is out of a drought; only the governor can declare that,” Anderson said.
Rain isn’t expected in San Francisco until next week, but near-freezing temperatures throughout the Bay Area on Thursday night and Friday morning could cause water running off mountains to freeze, creating black ice on the roadways ahead of Friday’s commute, Anderson said.